Jeremy Goodale, 16, and Willard Miller, also 16, have been accused of bludgeoning their High School Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber, 66. The two friends inflicted severe head trauma to Graber using a baseball bat while at a public park on November 2, 2021. They have claimed no motive as of this writing.
According to court documents, Nohema Graber left Iowa's Fairfield High School before 4pm on November 2, 2021, and drove towards Chautauqua Park.
42 minutes later, CCTV catches Graber's car leaving the park, however, as police soon realized, she was not driving.
Nohema remained inside the park. She was bludgeoned and left dead "under a tarp, a wheelbarrow, and railroad ties."
The following day, November 3rd, a peer of Goodale and Miller showed police Snapchat messages of the two killers communicating about the crime. Some sources even claim that Goodale and Miller were bragging about the murder through their social channels.
The search warrant stated that the boys "were involved in planning, execution, and disposal of evidence."
A search for Nohema was already underway, but the Snapchat evidence led police to Nohema's body within the Chautauqua Park. Her body was crudely placed under a tarp and covered with a wheelbarrow and a few railroad ties.
On November 4th, police recovered clothing, strands of hair, bath towels, and 2 baseball bats from Jeremy Goodale's home.
“She was a very kind, compassionate, faith-filled woman who treasured every moment of her day.” Nohema's Catholic Priest, Father Nick Adam said.
Nohema Castillo y Castillo was born in Xalapa, Veracruz. After graduating highschool she became a flight attendant and later attended flight school and earned the title of being one of the first female passenger jet pilots in Mexico.
It wasn't until Nohema and her husband started a family that they uprooted to the Midwest. Nohema's first son was born in 1991, her second in 1992, and her daughter soon after. Sadly, Nohema was a mother of 3.
"She just wanted kids to better them- selves. That's why this act of insanity or violence was just such a waste of so many lives" Paul Graber said.
In 2006, at 50, Nohema earned her teaching degree and began teaching Spanish at Fairfield Highschool in Fairfield, Iowa.
"In her nine years with Fairfield High School, Mrs. Graber touched the lives of many students, parents and staff," Laurie Noll, the Fairfield Community School District's superintendent, said in a statement Thursday.
Nohema developed many friends and was highly loved and respected by the community.
Nohema's children have publically forgiven their mother's killers just days after the horrible incident.
"To the two teenagers that so cruelly took her life, it is clear that they need more love and light in their hearts," Nohema Graber's daughter, Nohema Marie Graber, continued.
An interesting, yet little mentioned fact about this case is that both Jeremy Goodale and Willard Miller attended the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.
If you've seen the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, then you already know about the Maharishi cult. Obviously, the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment doesn't recognize itself as a cult, but neither did Jim Jones's followers.
I also found it quite weird that Jeremy Goodale has 3 separate Facebook accounts, all with very little friends.
The trials have not yet taken place for either Goodale or Miller, but Iowa will try them as adults.