🔴 Temera King's daughter called 911 and said her father fired at her mother

🔴 Lucas Cooper was arrested in Bethlehem, PA and charged with first-degree murder

🔴 King was a teacher at the Dr. Michael Conti Public School Number 5 in Jersey City


JERSEY CITY — A third-grade teacher who just celebrated her 35th birthday was shot dead in her home Tuesday morning, according to media reports.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said Temara King was shot multiple times in her home at the Toy Factory apartments on Bergen Avenue around 7:10 a.m. She was pronounced dead an hour later at Jersey City Medical Center.

Additional details about the shooting could not be disclosed as it is considered a domestic violence incident, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

Police sources told NBC 4 New York that King's 14-year-old daughter called 911 and said her father was the gunman.

Lucas Cooper
Lucas Cooper (Hudson County Prosecutor's Office)
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Arrest in Pennsylvania

Lucas Cooper, 39, was arrested in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and charged with first-degree murder. He was also charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in violation and endangering the welfare of a child.

Payroll records show she is a teacher at the Jersey City Public School district and has been a public school teacher since 2013. Jersey City school superintendent Norma Fernandez told New Jersey 101.5 King was a kindergarten teacher at Dr. Michael Conti School #5  specializing in working with children on the autism spectrum.

"She worked for us for 10 years. She had recently completed the course work and licensing requirements to become an LDTC (Learning Disability Teacher Consultant). She was an outstanding young educator, and our thoughts are with her family and friends. She will be sorely missed," Fernandez said in a statement.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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