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Thorpe teacher killed in Qatar

Published November 21. 2012 05:04PM

A Jim Thorpe woman, serving as a school teacher in the Middle East country of Qatar, was allegedly murdered by a security guard.

Jennifer Brown, 40, who formerly taught in St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe and Jim Thorpe High School, was killed last week.

She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Brown of Jim Thorpe.

Her father said she went to Qatar in September after attending a job fair. She was assured Qatar was a safe country and that teachers were needed there.

Brown said he has been in touch with U.S. Embassy officials. Her body has not been released yet to American officials.

According to the Doha News, a suspect has been arrested and charged with murder.

Brown taught at a new Wakra, Qatar campus.

The murder occurred at her residence and not at the school, according to the Doha News and Brown's father.

Robert Brown said his daughter "was an angel." He said she loved to travel. After attending a job fair and hearing of the job in Qatar, she did research and decided to travel there.

"I tried to tell her no," the heartbroken father said. "But she was looking for something to do and liked to travel."

"I miss her so much already," he said.

He added that from what he understands, the murder was "a random act of violence."

Jennifer has two sisters, Heather Shapiro and Trisha Snisky, both of Jim Thorpe.

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