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Funeral held for Paramus school teacher killed in bus crash

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A Paramus school teacher killed in a school bus crash last week was laid to rest Thursday.

The funeral Mass was held for 51-year-old Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy at Our Lady of Visitation R.C. Church in Paramus.

Williamson-Kennedy was a teacher in the Paramus School District for over 20 years. Friends say that she wanted to be a teacher in the district because she went through Paramus schools herself as a child and loved her time there.

Her obituary notes that she "taught in the same grade and same classroom in East Brook Middle School for 20 years."

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Loved ones said that Williamson-Kennedy was a beloved and talented teacher who was adored by her students. They said that teaching children was her life.

Williamson-Kennedy leaves behind a husband. Kevin Kennedy told News 12 New Jersey that he had been in love with his wife since the day that they met 24 years ago.

Williamson-Kennedy and 10-year-old student Miranda Vargas were killed when the school bus they were riding in collided with a dump truck on Interstate-80 in Mount Olive on May 17 while heading out on a school field trip. Over 40 other students and adults were injured.

The driver of the school bus, 77-year-old Hudy Muldrow, was charged Thursday with vehicular homicide in relation to the deaths. Morris County prosecutors say that Muldrow attempted to make an illegal U-turn on the highway because he missed a turn for his destination.

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