‘Dearly loved’ Polk County second-grade teacher stabbed to death by son was ‘special part’ of school family

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By journalsofus.com

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Public Schools is mourning the loss of one of its second grade teachers who was stabbed to death by her son in your Frostproof home.

Elvia Espinoza, 46, was a teacher at Frostproof Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School. The school has made phone calls to the parents of its second grade students to inform them of her death.

In a Sunday statement, Polk Public Schools said it will have several grief counselors at the elementary school on Monday, as well as counselors at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Middle-Senior, where Elvia worked as a secretary. All Polk County students also have access to free telehealth services.

“She was greatly loved by her students and colleagues and her sudden and unexpected death is a devastating loss. “She was a very special part of her school family,” the school district said. “We ask everyone to keep her family and loved ones in your prayers.”

On Saturday, Emmanuel Espinoza, 21, a medical student at the University of Florida, drove to his mother’s house and stabbed her to death.

Emmanuel told the 911 operator that he had wanted to kill her for a few years because “she was climbing [his] nerves”. When officials asked him about his relationship with her, he rated her an 8 out of 10.

He was booked into jail and charged with first-degree murder, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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