Statement from Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias
on the Arrest of a Suspect in the Murder of Genelle Conway-Allen
Last Thursday our community suffered a tragic loss as one of our own precious students was taken from us in an act of unspeakable cruelty. While still saddened by this tragedy, I am relieved to report that today the Fairfield Police Department has made an arrest of a suspect in the brutal murder of Genelle Conway-Allen, a 13 year old student at Green Valley Middle School. The suspect has been identified as Anthony Lamar Jones, aged 31, a Fairfield resident.
Although there has been no identified connection with the school, I know that many of you, as parents and caregivers have been concerned for the safety of your children. Hopefully, the arrest of this suspect, whom the police believe acted alone, will give some sense of peace to our community and allow us to begin the healing process. Since this event was tragic and emotional for all of us, your child may have questions or concerns. We encourage you to speak with your child and act if he or she expresses concerns. If you would like to have your child speak to someone professionally, please let your school administrator know and arrangements will be made. Of course, if you are affiliated with a religious institution, counseling may be sought there as well.
We will miss Genelle and pray that her family and friends may find some small measure of peace and comfort in closing the initial chapter of this tragedy. We want to thank the Fairfield Police Department and all law enforcement agencies working with them for their tireless efforts in swiftly apprehending a suspect.
Finally, please hug your children for us and let them know how much they mean to you!
Jacki Cottingim-Dias, Ph.D.