- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - More than 400 people recently gathered in Mesa to remember a math teacher who was shot and killed in his backyard.

A vigil was held at Mesa High School on Thursday night to remember Ryne Zahner, who was shot and killed while sitting in his Tempe backyard on Sunday. During the somber vigil, students, faculty, teachers and parents gathered around a podium and a picture of Zahner to speak about the 26-year-old teacher.

They played the songs “Go Cubs Go,” in recognition of Zahner’s favorite baseball team the Chicago Cubs, and “Africa” by Toto, one of the young teacher’s favorite songs.

Police have not captured the murder suspect, who they believe may have fled to California, Nevada or Oregon. Court records say the suspect is a former roommate of Zahner‘s.

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