Community remembers NSU Professor

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Updated: 6/14/2013 8:37 am Published: 6/13/2013 10:54 pm

"She was my professor," said Jana Green, Maher's student. "She was a huge inspiration to me."

Maher meant the same to the more than 200 people that showed up to remember her at NSU's Performing Arts Center.

Two weeks ago, Northeastern State campus police found her dead in her home.
Officers tell us, a fire was set inside, which they believe killed three of her four cats.
Police told FOX23 Thursday they have yet to develop a solid lead.

"I don't know how to deal with it. Because I've never had someone this close to me die," said 14-year-old Jason Gutierrez, who told FOX23's Dontaye Carter she was like an aunt to him.

"When we were little, there was this playhouse thing you know, she's a full-grown woman and she's in there with me and my sister shooting these balls around," said Gutierrez.

Speakers at the memorial service said Maher was bigger than words could express.

"I kind of saw her as a professional little sister. I wanted to make sure she was really happy here because she's so good for this campus," said Samford.

She described Maher as being humble and fearless.

"She has only been in this community for four years and she's made this sort of impact that’s
rare," Samford told FOX23.

Maher's parents encouraged the audience members to keep their heads up, saying that is what their daughter would've wanted "or else she would come down and kick their butts."

"I always will remember the jokes that she had in class. The fire and passion that she brought every morning that we would be there in lab," said Green.

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