Second man charged with murder of kindergarten teacher

Cesar Santana, left, and Leiner Miranda Lopez are charged with killing Luz Hernandez, 33, right, a beloved kindergarten teacher and mother of three in New Jersey. (Photo from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and Hernandez’s Facebook page)

First-degree murder charges were filed this week against a second man in the murder of a New Jersey kindergarten teacher and mother of three whose beaten and strangled body was found in a shallow grave.

Leiner Miranda Lopez, 26, was charged with first-degree murder, hindering, failing to dispose of human remains, and tampering with physical evidence, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

He had been previously charged with desecrating or concealing human remains.

He was charged in the death of Luz Hernandez, 33, whose body was found in an industrial area three miles from her Jersey City home on Feb. 7.

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