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Suzette York. Photo Source: Seventh-day Adventist Conference Suzette York. Photo Source: Seventh-day Adventist Conference
York's body was found around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday York's body was found around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
Eduardo Marmolejo is escorted from 201 Poplar to Juvenile Court. Eduardo Marmolejo is escorted from 201 Poplar to Juvenile Court.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The bloody body of a Memphis private school principal was found Wednesday morning inside a classroom.

Officials said the body was found around 11:30 a.m. inside Memphis Junior Academy, located at 50 North Mendenhall in Memphis.

A spokesperson for the Seventh-day Adventist Conference, which operates the school, identified the victim as Suzette York. York, who lived in Memphis, had been with the school for more than three years.

At the scene, police took a student in custody.  The suspect has not been officially identified, but sources tell Action News 5 he is 17-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo.

As the suspect was taken downtown in the backseat of a police car to be questioned by homicide investigators, as York's friends struggle to understand.

"She's so nice," said Armondo DeLeon, a parent and friend. "That's why I'm kind of shocked. Why? Why to her? Why?"

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton also visited the school to offer condolences and his assurances that the violence was confined to the school.

"It's tragic all the way around," he said.

After York's body was found, school officials dismissed classes, and said classes would be out for the remainder of the week.

"They just said that there was an emergency and to go pick the children up," Linda Taylor said.

The new school year in the one-story, red brick building began Monday. A sign out front Wednesday said "Welcome back." But school was surrounded by yellow crime scene tape after the body was found, and police officers milled about.

"It's a frightening thing for children to see," said Pastor David Steede of the New Covenant Seventh-day Adventist Church, who arrived at the school shortly after the body was found. He said he had parishioners attending the school.

The school's website says it has students from pre-kindergarten through 11th grade. It's part of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist school network.

"Our staff is committed to providing quality education is a Christian environment," the website says.

A United Methodist Church and a church cemetery are across the street.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. The AP contributed to this story.

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