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Funeral for LaGuardia High School Teacher Karyn Kay to be Held Outside NYC

By Leslie Albrecht | April 14, 2012 12:19pm | Updated on April 14, 2012 12:21pm

UPPER WEST SIDE — The funeral for slain LaGuardia High School teacher Karyn Kay will be held outside New York City and the popular teacher's students will not be able to attend, DNAinfo has learned.

The school's parents association sent out an email Saturday informing parents and asking them to quell rampant social media speculation by students about funeral arrangements that was "causing additional stress for [Kay's] family."

"This is the very least we can do in respect for Ms. Karyn Kay's memory," the email said.

Kay was allegedly killed by her son Henry Wachtel on Tuesday after the 19-year-old Fordham student suffered a seizure in their apartment on West 55th Street in Midtown.

Kay was heard on 911 tapes screaming "He’s coming after me! No! No! No!” and Wachtel was then heard wailing "Mommy, Mommy, please don’t die!”

Wachtel was charged Wednesday with murder.

LaGuardia principal Kim Bruno also sent a letter to parents on Saturday, detailing arrangements for Monday when children return to the Upper West Side school after their spring holidays.

She said there would be extra school safety officers assigned, as well as grief counselors for the children and the teachers.

"It is our responsibility to make sense out of this senseless tragedy and to find a way to begin the healing process," Bruno wrote.

She confirmed that Kay's funeral would be held out of town and expressed gratitude from the slain teacher's kin.

"The family has asked me to thank each and every one of you for your support during this difficult time, and to tell you they are touched and humbled by the outpouring of love that has been demonstrated by our entire community," Bruno wrote.  

"In the days ahead, I look forward to working with you to plan a celebration in honor of Karyn Kay’s life—a member of the LaGuardia family who will never be forgotten."