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Maggie Daniels Remembered for her Compassion

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Tonight, Maggie Daniels, the Discovery High School guidance counselor found murdered, is being remembered for her compassion. The 31-year-old Ohio native had just completed a master’s degree at Appalachian State University a month before officers were summoned to her Newton home Saturday morning.

"It was actually her first year as a guidance counselor,” said John Robinson, principal, Discovery High School. “She left the district to go and get her master's in counseling degree at Appalachian State University and then she came back as she finished her degree this year."

Discovery High School is unique to the Newton-Conover School district.

"First of all, our size is one noticeable difference,” he said. “We had 130 students this year. We offer students a non-traditional high school. One of our tenants, that's really important to us, is that our staff connect and get to know our students."

Robinson believes that is why administrators chose to place her at Discovery High School in the first place.

"It was probably the first week she was here. It was clear that the students were connecting immediately to her. I think she did a lot to win their hearts along the way,” Robinson said.

Discovery High School is slated to move to another location in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Daniels, along with other staff members, had already packed most of their belongings in preparation for the move. Her name was inscribed on a box in the school’s main hallway Tuesday afternoon, a reminder of the woman who became synonymous with compassion.

Robinson commented, "Anytime somebody gives that level of themselves to others, you're going to bond with them. And she did that with everyone."

A memorial was held in the school’s cafeteria Sunday, prior to the investigation being reclassified as a homicide.

"What matters is that we've lost somebody,” Robinson said. “We've actually lost somebody who meant so much to us. We're a much more caring and compassionate place, because she's touched all of us."

Newton Police released the following update Tuesday afternoon:

UPDATED: 1 July 2014, the investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels is continuing at this time. Investigators are working on canvassing the area and continuing with interviews of friends and acquaintances of Maggie Daniels. Police ask that if anyone has information regarding the death of Maggie Daniels, contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

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