The body of a kindergarten teacher was recovered Tuesday after being found in a shallow grave in a New Jersey town, police said.

Luz Hernandez, a 33-year-old mother of three from Jersey City, had been reported missing Monday after taking a leave of absence from work at BelovED Charter School and family members realized they had not spoken to her. over the weekend, NBC New York. reported. Authorities conducted a welfare check that led to the grisly discovery.

Hernandez’s cause and manner of death are undetermined, pending findings from the medical examiner’s office. His death is considered suspicious at this time, authorities said.

Prosecutors are actively investigating the case.

«She was one of the best teachers, everyone loves her, all the children. It’s so complicated to think about this. We just want justice,» said a cousin of Hernández’s. said NBC New York.

«We love her, her family, our friends. She was an amazing girl and it’s so unfair that someone would take her life. Why?»

BelovED Charter School was closed Wednesday to allow students and staff to grieve, according to NBC New York.