Students mourn their slain teacher
An autopsy conducted Monday determined that Clary had died of blunt-force injuries to her head, officials said. Clary taught at Valencia High since 1999, when she transferred from Saugus High, said Principal Paul Priesz. In addition to traditional academic subjects, Clary also taught her students to become self-sufficient. She also took them on field trips – to Disneyland, to see “The Lion King” and to a Dodgers game. “Travis became a Dodger fan because of her,” said Penny Young, the teen’s mother. alex.dobuzinskis @dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – LaWana Clary’s special-needs students at Valencia High had been scheduled to visit Olvera Street on Monday – one of many field trips their teacher planned for the school year. Instead, the teens spent their first day back from spring break meeting with grief counselors and making cards and a poster for the family of their beloved Mrs. Clary, who was found bludgeoned to death last week in her Castaic home. For Travis Young, 16, and other special-needs students, the 51-year-old educator was like a second mom. “I started to cry,” Travis said after he learned of Clary’s death. “I think she’s a good teacher.” And student Jeffrey Krinkel, 18, drew inspiration from his teacher as he worked on the poster the class created for Clary’s family. On it, he drew a flower and a bird – explaining that Clary had smelled like a flower and was friendly like a pet bird. “I felt happy she was gone to heaven,” he said. Aides in Clary’s special-education class recalled that Clary was a Dodgers season-ticket holder and loved visiting Hawaii and Yosemite National Park. “(She) loved getting in touch with earth; she loved God,” said Vicki Stewart, who described Clary as a friend as well as a co-worker. Clary’s body was discovered about 5:20 p.m. Thursday by her husband, Dave Clary, 38, said authorities, who declined Monday to release any information on their homicide investigation.