Funeral held for Tallahassee woman killed in London attack

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By: James Buechele
August 11, 2016
UPDATE 10:01 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hundreds entered St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Tallahassee Thursday to say goodbye to beloved educator, Darlene Horton.

Len Harvey was friends with Horton and her family for years. He remembers hearing the news about the senseless violence that took Darlene's life.

"I think everybody that we know reached out to 'em by text, email by trying to call and everything," said Harvey.

He says he'll remember her for her heart of gold and teaching special-needs students for decades.

"She just loved those kids and she just worked very hard to help those children and our community was very fortunate to have her."

Carolyn Allaire knew Darlene from the tennis courts at Forestmeadows. She says the pride in Horton's family was something she could see.

"She had a very loving family and they were very, very strong with one another," said Allaire.

As loved ones say their final goodbyes, Allaire says she has Darlene to thank for making her want to be a better person.

"She always had a kind word and I'd like to be that kind of person too."

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The funeral for a woman killed by an attacker in London was held in Tallahassee Thursday.

Darlene Horton was killed last Wednesday when an attacker stabbed her to death and injured four others in London's Russell Square, just blocks away from a Florida State University study center.

She was 64 years old.

Horton was the wife of FSU psychology professor Richard Wagner, who had just finished a summer teaching session in London shortly before the attack.

She moved to Tallahassee in 1984 and was a special education teacher with Thomasville City Schools.

Horton is survived by her two daughters and her husband of 37 years.

A memorial service was held for her Thursday afternoon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tallahassee.

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