Teacher found stabbed to death in burning home

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May 4, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---A Schofield Middle School teacher was found stabbed to death in her home after a fire was reported just after 11 o'clock last night.

Students and teachers at Schofield Middle School are grieving the loss of an invaluable educator who they say dedicated her life to the students she tried to help.

Dozens of emergency crews flooded Hahn Avenue in Aiken last night after a fire was reported at a home around 11 o'clock.

With next to no heavy smoke or fire damage at the house, firefighters soon realized they weren't just fighting a fire...they were fighting a crime.

55-year-old Dana Elizabeth Davis, a seventh grade English teacher at Schofield Middle School, was found stabbed to death inside the burning home.

"I was shocked," said neighbor Andrew Nobles.

"I was concerned," said Mary Ann Nobles. "She was a real nice lady."

Grief counselors were on hand at the middle school today to help students cope with the unexpected loss.

School administrators tell us Davis was a beloved teacher who'd been there for more than 20 years.

"She was a very dedicated teacher," said fellow teacher Lunette Winburn.

Winburn says she worked side by side with Davis for years, and it's hard to imagine a life without her--not only for those who knew her, but also for the students who never will.

"They won't get to experience all of that, and it's gone for all of us," Winburn said. "We're going to miss her."

Lt. David Turno with Aiken Public Safety says they believe the fire started in the bedroom. What caused it was still unknown at time of writing.

Officers are expected to be back at the home this afternoon to issue search warrants and collect more evidence on the case.

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