About a hundred people held candles and stood together outside Southwest Elementary School, Sunday night, to remember a teacher killed in an explosion.
Jennifer Longworth and her husband Dion died when a home in their neighborhood near Stop 11 and Sherman Drive blew up just after 11 p.m. Saturday.
Longworth was a second grade teacher at the school. A former teacher, Jo Ellen Villines, had recently spoken with her and said she was shocked when she heard what happened.
"It's when I found out he died too that I cried. I just... really cried," she said.
Many of Longworth's colleagues, students, and their parents attended the vigil to say goodbye and remember her life.
"She was always always involved with the kids... very helpful," remembered Michelle Roberts, whose daughter was in Longworth's class three years ago.
"She just loved her job," said Sheryl Hawver, another parent of a former student. "She was good with all of the kids and just did an excellent job."
The school will be on a two hour delay Monday morning. Villines said there will be grief counselors available throughout the day.
"They're going to address with the teachers how to speak tot he children and all of the families in her class have been notified," she explained. "But I'm sure there will be a lot of kids in the school that won't know what's going on and won't understand why there's a delay."
Longworth's husband worked for Indy Audio Labs. The company's Co-Founder and COO Ted Moore told Fox 59, "We are all quite stunned and deeply saddened by what happened as you might imagine."
A neighbor said Dion Longworth loved working on cars and a friend described him as "kind" and "caring."
"People say that all the time about someone but if there was ever someone who personified this it was definitely him. He will be missed," wrote Brad Shoemaker.
At the vigil, people sang Amazing Grace and let out their emotions. It was clear the couple touched many lives and left so many people heartbroken.
"It's just so tragic. It's such a senseless loss. And the school and the community is just really going to miss her," said Roberts.
David E. Edds Ed.D., superintendent of Greenwood Community Schools, released the following statement to school staff Monday:
As many of you know by now Greenwood Schools suffered a horrible loss in the Southside home explosion on Saturday night. Although we are not able to confirm anything at this time we believe Jennifer Longworth, a second grade teacher at Southwest Elementary and her husband were the two fatalities.
Please keep Jennifer and her family in your prayers. Please also keep our family at Southwest in your prayers as well. It is going to be a very difficult time for all of us, but especially the Southwest staff and students.
Indy Audio Labs--where Dion Longworth worked for more than a decade--also issued a statement in the wake of the tragedy:
Dion Longworth was the Director of Product Development and Technology for Indy Audio Labs, an Indianapolis-based company in the consumer electronics industry. Throughout his 10+ year career, his creative and technical contributions directly impacted the development of several award-winning consumer electronics products in use everyday.
He will be deeply missed by his co-workers at Indy Audio Labs, industry colleagues and peers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his and Jennifer's family members along with all those impacted by this terrible tragedy.