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Retired English teacher, 65, fatally stabbed inside home

Neighbors were in shock after a retired high school English teacher was found stabbed to death inside her Simi Valley home.

Janice Somple, 65, was discovered Thursday by a friend, and Simi Valley police said they are trying to determine a motive and suspect.

Police have not said whether they believe the crime was random or if Somple knew her attacker.

Colleagues and neighbors described Somple as a good person and dedicated educator. Somple retired in 2008 after 28 years with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. She was an English teacher at Westlake and Newbury Park high schools

"She was a very giving person. She came to all the special education tea services and brought all the secretaries tangerines with little notes on them at Christmas," Newbury Park girls basketball coach Nori Parvin told the Ventura County Star. "She had such a bubbly personality and always had a smile on her face."

Neighbors told KTLA News that she was having some construction work done at her home and that they saw a man at her home shortly before she was killed.

One neighbor said people heard a scream coming from her home Thursday evening.
--Shelby Grad
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