Prosecutor aims to help slain teacher’s daughters

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A local prosecutor is pledging to help the daughters of a high school chemistry teacher who was gunned down outside the girls’ school.

“We can’t get our minds off Nikki and Grace, who are facing a prom and a graduation,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

“They faced Mother’s Day without a mother, and we don’t want to lose sight of them.”

Eulalio Tordil, 62, has been charged with fatally shooting his estranged wife – the two girls’ mother – Gladys Tordil.

Alsobrooks said Gladys Tordil was not only a phenomenal teacher at Parkdale High School, but she also was a phenomenal mother to her 16- and 17-year-old daughters, who are both seniors at High Point High School, where Gladys Tordil was killed, Thursday.

“They have no other relative here,” said Alsobrooks. “Their closest relative as we understand it is in the Philippines.”

Alsobrooks said the daughters are currently in foster care.

“They’re living with a foster family now, and we’re working to try to bring here an aunt who’s living in the Philippines — my office is working as we speak — to try to find a way to bring their only relative here to be with them,” said Alsobrooks.

Alsobrooks said the teenagers have already been admitted to University of Maryland and Towson University.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help pay for Tordil’s daughters’ school tuition.

In a petition for a protective order, Gladys Tordil said that her husband Eulalio was physically abusive of her daughters.

“We have to step in as their family — we are what they have,” said Alsobrooks.

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Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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