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Murder suspect awaits bond hearing in teacher's murder

(Source: Toombs Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Toombs Co. Sheriff's Office)

Friends and co-workers remain horrified at the murder of a Toombs County first grade teacher.

Police found Robin Lynn Matthews dead in her car on Old Vidalia Lyons Road off Highway 292 Wednesday night. Police have a suspect, Simon Dixon, in custody charged with murder.

According to Toombs County Coroner Ronald Hall, Robin Matthews, 24, was killed in her carbehind the Vidalia Recreational Department.

Matthews was a first grade teacher at Lyons Primary School where she just completed her first year. She was a 2008 graduate of Toombs County High School and recently married.

Life-long friend Ginger Russell was still in disbelief Thursday morning.

"She was the kindest person and the sweetest person all her life. She would do anything for anyone, " Russell said.

At Lyons Primary, a counselor was available - even though summer vacation has started - for any students who needed someone to talk to about the loss.

"We want them to have that now because she was so beloved and we'll have it this fall when students return because she will still be missed then," said principal Sandra Floyd.

After doing some digging, WTOC found out that Dixon had just been released from prison in January 2014. He was serving time for aggravated assault and attempted aggravated sodomy and had been in prison since 2007.

The homicide remains under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Vidalia Police. 

Dixon remains in the Toombs County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing.

WTOC's Dal Cannady is in Vidalia following this developing story and will have more details about the investigation to come. Check and WTOC on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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