NC teacher dies after being shot Friday night

Union County teacher Ruijuan Guo (Photo courtesy of Union County Public Schools)
Union County teacher Ruijuan Guo (Photo courtesy of Union County Public Schools)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A Union County teacher who was shot during a reported robbery last week has died, according to police in Charlotte.

Ruijuan Guo, 33, a teacher at Kensington Elementary School in Waxhaw, was shot around 11:30 p.m. Friday on East Park Avenue.

According to a police report released Monday morning, Guo’s boyfriend told police they were attempting to get into a car with another friend when someone approached their car. Guo’s boyfriend said that person pulled a gun and demanded his wallet.

The boyfriend told police “he could not get his wallet out of his pocket fast enough, so the suspect shot his girlfriend in the head and then ran off.”

Medics took Guo to Carolinas Medical Center. CMPD said she died at the hospital Wednesday with family around her.

Kensington Elementary, where Guo is listed as a Mandarin teacher, wore purple Monday to honor her. Principal Rachel Clarke said the school community knows Guo as “Euphie.”

“She has such good relationships with her team, with students because they’ve known her for so long and also with the parents. She’s just a very very special lady and just a heck of a teacher too,” Clarke said on Monday.

Clarke said Guo had been teaching at the school for four years. Clarke described a woman that has impressed her over the time they’ve known one another.

“It’s a very hard thing, she uprooted herself, moved in a few weeks before school started and she just jumped in with both feet. That little 5 foot, she’s not even 5 feet, 90 pound little bundle of energy. She just spinned circles around all of us,” Clarke said.

Union County Schools sent a statement after the news of Guo’s passing Wednesday.

“It is a very sad day in Union County Public Schools. We have lost one of our own. Miss Guo was a great educator and a valued member of the Kensington Elementary family,” the statement read. “UCPS sends its condolences to the Guo family and our VIF colleagues. We will join them in celebrating her life and honoring the great work she did for our dual language immersion students at Kensington Elementary.”

Police said the investigation is ongoing, but have not released a description of a suspect.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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