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It’s been five days since a Conestoga Valley School District teacher was found dead inside her home. Friday, those who knew Nicole Mathewson are showing solidarity in Lancaster.

Memories of the 32-year-old marked the candlelight vigil. Friends and co-workers found ways to say goodbye.

Jason Perkowski is a teacher at Conestoga Valley Middle School. He says, “Conestoga Valley and Lancaster County is a wonderful community. The way people support each other and that’s what Nicole would want to support each other, hold each other up and make this world a little bit better.”

For sixth graders, like Brandon Warrell, the experience may be hard to grasp.

Warrell says, "I understood her really well and she was understanding to me too."

Although Brandon may not fully understand what's happened, he and his classmates will take Mathewson's lesson with them as they grow.

He says, "When we were multiplying and dividing fractions, in math, she came up with these different dances to help us remember."

Perkowski says the students have "been supporting each other, gathered in the library with guidance counselors and support staff and psychologists and support each other and from the teachers and guidance office."

People also gathered in front of Mathewson's home to lean on one another for support.

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