MONROE, N.C. -- An Anson County teacher was stabbed to death inside her home in Monroe Sunday, and friends of the victim tell NewsChannel 36 her young daughter witnessed the crime.
Police say 29-year-old Lamate Sherron Anderson is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Simon's death.
Anderson and Simon were neighbors on Cripple Creek Court, located just off North Rocky River Road.
Friends and family members of both the victim and suspect tell NewsChannel 36 they have no idea what could have preceeded the stabbing.
James Blount, the father of Simon's 6-year-old daughter, says he knew Anderson as a neighbor who tried to date Simon's roommate. "I've never seen this part of him," said Blount.
Blount says Simon was an easy-going woman who worked very hard at her teaching job and also for UPS in the evenings.
"Everybody loved her," he said. "I had just left, and her cousin had just left right before I did, so we feel like somebody was waiting on us to leave."
Officials say 37-year-old Yolanda Simon was a fifth-grade teacher at Peachland-Polkton Elementary.
Grief counselors were at the school Monday, talking with students.
Ex-students created a Facebook page in her memory. "This is to help with the loss of a great teacher Yolanda Simon," it reads.
Anderson is being held in the Union County Jail without bond.
He was convicted of DUI in 2005, but does not have a violent criminal past in North Carolina.
A woman at his home on Cripple Creek expressed her sympathy for the Simon family. "This has torn two families apart," she said.