A former San Antonio teacher was brutally murdered in Denver, Colorado and is being remembered by her friends and former students, who held a vigil on Saturday.

Jeanne Leslie, who everyone called Gina, was described as a beautiful soul and was loved by many. The man accused of stabbing the mother of four to death is a homeless man she was reportedly helping.

On Saturday at El Buen Pastor Baptist Church, they held a memorial for Leslie.

Former student Melissa Whale was shocked about the murder.

"How could someone like this happen to her, who could do something like to someone who was nice as her," she said.

She taught for several years at Harmony Science Academy before moving to Denver to be close to her children. The 49-year-old was found stabbed to death in her loft.

According to family, she was allowing Terry Dunford, another homeless man, to live at her place to help them out. Dunford is who police believe killed her. Reports state that investigators found several clues that link him to the murder.

Leslie’s body wasn’t found for six days, after her husband called 9-1-1 because she didn’t pick up her son and daughter as planned.

One of her former students said that Ms. Leslie “made English more fun than it ever could be. She was so full of energy.”