Jamaican educator killed in Canada; husband charged with murder Loop Jamaica

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A 64-year-old Jamaican-born schoolteacher was allegedly murdered by her husband in Vaughan in Ontario, Canada on Wednesday.

The deceased is Estella Wheeler, a grade seven and eight teacher at the Africentric Alternative School in North York, Toronto.

Her husband, Trevor Wheeler, has since been charged with second-degree murder, Canadian media outlet City News reported.

Neighbours told reporters that the couple moved from Jamaica and resided in the community for about 15 years.

Trevor reportedly ran a scrap metal company in the country, while Estella taught at the North York-based school for more than seven years.

It was reported that about 12:25 am on Wednesday, officers attached to the York Regional Police were summoned to the semi-detached home in Vaughan where the couple lived.

On their arrival, Estella was seen suffering from “serious injuries”. Despite medical attention given to her at the scene, she late succumbed to her injuries there.

Trevor was arrested at the home, and was subsequently charged relative to his wife’s murder.

While some reports say Estella was reportedly stabbed to death, the York Regional Police have not officially confirmed the perceived cause of death. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted in the coming days.

Estella Wheeler at an event. 

Additionally, the police did not provide information on whether other persons were at the house at the time of the incident.

Neighbours were shocked by the tragic developments, as they described Estella as having been a friendly, kind and beautiful woman.

They also remembered her for her singing while she hung out laundry in the backyard.

Trevor was said to be more outgoing.

Principal of the Africentric Alternative School, Hugh Reynolds, described Estella as a “well-known, dedicated team member” who “cared for all of her students”.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday, Reynolds said Estella developed strong relationships with students and staff during her time at the educational institution.

He said she will be remembered as “an incredibly kind and giving person”.

Meanwhile, James Pasternak, a Canadian politician and a Toronto City councillor, said he was saddened by the tragic news that Estella “succumbed to injuries allegedly caused by inmate partner violence”.

In a post on Facebook on Thursday, Pasternak said Estella was “a passionate educator who was admired by students, parents, and staff.”

Added the politician: “I offer my sincerest condolences to her family”.