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Memorial held for CWU grad killed in Iraq

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A memorial service was held Sunday for an American man who was shot and killed by one of his students while teaching in Iraq.

Jeremiah Small, 33, was killed on March 1st.
He was in his seventh year of teaching at a small private school in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Small went to Central Washington University and did his student teaching in Selah, living in Yakima for a few years before moving to Iraq.

"This last summer he just sensed that after six years of pouring into these young people's lives, they were really getting it," said Jeremiah's father, J. Dan Small.

Jeremiah was buried in Sulaimaniyah, the town in Iraq where he taught.
His father told us he loved teaching there, and loved his students.

The shooter, an 18-year-old man, shot himself in the head immediately after killing small.

Investigators still do not know why.

A memorial fund has been set up to support an English language library that Jeremiah had started, click here to donate.