Teacher Ondria Glaze Fatally Shot in Philadelphia Murder-Suicide

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A tragedy unfolded in a Philadelphia community as a high school teacher, Ondria Glaze, was found dead in what authorities are describing as a murder-suicide incident. The grim discovery was made at an apartment on South 30th Street, where police responded to a call late Monday afternoon.

The scene revealed the lifeless body of Glaze, a 36-year-old special education compliance monitor and teacher at Olney High School. Alongside her, authorities found the body of Rick Harper, 42, who appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Principal Michael Roth of Olney High School expressed deep sorrow in a letter to the school community, describing Glaze as a cherished teacher and leader who embodied the school motto, ‘Olney love’. He emphasized the impact Glaze had on both students and staff, extending condolences to her family and the entire school community.

Students and colleagues alike were devastated by the loss, with senior Kai Sutton recalling Glaze as the epitome of kindness and always wearing a smile. The sudden and tragic event has prompted an outpouring of support, leading to the establishment of a GoFundMe campaign to create a scholarship in Glaze’s honor.

The unexpected loss of a dedicated educator like Glaze has left a void in the hearts of those who knew her, highlighting the need for unity and support within the school and community during this difficult time. Roth’s words echo the sentiment felt by many as they grapple with the shock and grief brought on by the tragic events that unfolded.