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Murdered Teacher’s Son Publicly Forgives Student Killers

November 6, 2021

On Tuesday, November 02, 2021, Iowa Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber, went for a walk in a local park, as was her habit.

Two 16-year-old students apparently knew of her habit, and they apparently planned ahead of time to take her life.

On Wednesday, November 03, 2021, Graber was reported missing.

Later that same day, Graber’s body was discovered in that park, concealed “under a tarp, wheelbarrow, and railroad ties,” as CBS News reports.

Here is a public statement from the City of Fairfield, Iowa, Facebook page:

UPDATE 1:40 pm 11/4/21

On November 3, 2021, human remains were discovered in Chautauqua Park in Fairfield, Iowa. The remains have been confirmed to be those of Nohema Graber, who had been reported missing earlier that day.

Special agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) conducted a preliminary investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Graber, which appears to be a homicide. Two individuals, Willard Noble Chaiden Miller, age 16, and Jeremy Everett Goodale, age 16, have been charged with Homicide in the First Degree, an A Felony, and Conspiracy to Commit Homicide in the First Degree, a C Felony.

Ms. Graber was employed as a Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School, where Miller and Goodale were students. Based on the circumstances and their ages, Miller and Goodale are being criminally charged as adults.

Personnel from the Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Iowa State Patrol, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Jefferson County Attorney’s Office assisted the DCI with the investigation.

This remains an ongoing investigation. Law enforcement would like to thank the public for their tips and concern following the announcement of Graber’s disappearance. Law enforcement does not believe there is an ongoing risk to the public.

Questions should be addressed to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

A criminal charge is only an accusation, and criminal defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Though no official motive has been disclosed by investigators, it seems that at least one of the students was disgruntled about his grade in Graber’s class. reports that “according to court documents, Goodale posted details about planning the killing and a possible motive on social media.” Bloody clothing was found at Goodale’s and Miller’s homes, and Miller admitted to participating in concealing Graber’s body.

In Iowa, a conviction for first degree murder carries a term of life in prison.

On Thursday, November 04, 2021, Graber’s son, Christian, publicly forgave his mother’s murderers on Facebook:

I’m sorry I can’t respond to the all of the messages but I’ll just say what I’ve been told. My mother passed away. As I understand it was pre attempted murder by two students. I forgive them and feel sorry that they had that anger in their hearts. There’s no point in being angry at them. We should hope that they can find peace in their lives. My mother was an angel of a woman and was one of the kindest souls. She gave me the gift of the Spanish language and helped many of her students over the years. She was well loved in the community and around the world. Thanks to everyone who reached out. I may ask for some help with things in the following days but in the end everything will be ok. Te amo madre.

What a phenomenal son.

Nohema Graber and son, Christian


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  1. Christine Langhoff permalink

    She must have been a phenomonal mother.

  2. With all due respect to her son, I call BS. I’m a teacher who demands excellence, and receives it, from my students. That is the ONLY way to a better future. Talk about a hate crime? These students who plotted her murder should be removed PERMANENTLY from society.

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