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Science Teacher at Otay Ranch High School Identified as Victim in Homicide

In the decades she taught, Ms. Burks helped hundreds of students.

A science teacher in San Diego's South Bay, who taught students for nearly 35 years, has been identified as the victim of a brutal stabbing inside a Clairemont home. 

Angela Burks, 58, was a science teacher at Otay Ranch High School since the school first opened, Sweetwater Union High School District officials said. 

In the decades she taught, she helped hundreds of students. 

"Ms. Burks was a dedicated science teacher who served the students of South County for nearly 35 years, including her time at Otay Ranch High since its opening in 2003," a statement from the district reads. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time."

Burks was found stabbed inside a home on Mt. Putman Road at 7:16 p.m. Monday evening, San Diego police (SDPD) detectives said. When they arrived, she was bleeding inside the house. 

Outside the home, in the driveway, was Burks' 30-year-old son, Joseph Burks. No one else was in the home.  

Joseph called 911 to report he had been injured in an assault with a knife, homicide detectives confirmed. 

He will be arrested on suspicion of murder when he is released from care, police said. 

Ms. Burks was taken to a trauma center, where she was pronounced dead. 

Homicide detectives confirmed to NBC 7 they are not looking for any other suspects.

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