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Philadelphia, PA — The Olney High School community is mourning the loss of one of its own. Ondria Glaze, a dedicated teacher and special education compliance monitor, was tragically killed in a murder-suicide incident in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

On Monday, May 8, 2024, authorities responded to a residence in the 1300 block of S. 30th Street. There, they discovered Ondria Glaze, 36 years old, with fatal gunshot wounds. The perpetrator, identified as #RichardHarper, 42 years old, was also found dead at the scene, having taken his own life. A firearm was recovered next to Harper’s body.

Ondria Glaze had been a fixture at Olney High School for a decade. Her impact extended beyond the classroom; she was like a sister to her students and colleagues. Known for her unwavering dedication and compassion, Ondria embodied the school’s motto: “Olney Love.” Her office door became a memorial, adorned with heartfelt messages from those whose lives she touched.

Principal Michael Roth expressed deep sorrow over the loss. “Ondria Glaze was more than a teacher,” he said. “She was a beacon of kindness and support for everyone who walked through our doors.” The Olney community rallied together, sharing memories and stories of Ondria’s positive influence.

A vigil in #OndriaGlaze’s honor will take place on Monday, May 13, where students, staff, and community members will gather to remember her. Additionally, a GoFundMe campaign aims to establish a scholarship fund for graduating seniors who exemplify the same light and love that Ondria brought to #OlneyHighSchool.

As the community grapples with this heartbreaking loss, Ondria Glaze’s memory will continue to inspire and uplift those who knew her. Her legacy of compassion and dedication will forever be etched in the halls of Olney High School.

Our thoughts go out to Ondria’s family, friends, and the entire Olney community during this difficult time. 🕊️🕯️

Writer: @leahgordone 📷: Getty Facebook — Follow more at #BlackGirlNews @itsblackgirlnews 


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