Fatal Shooting Of Teacher Breaks Homicide Record

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Memphis police arrested two men in the shooting death of a Memphis music teacher.

Christopher Waters, 30, was found Friday morning in his home in the 5400 block of Pipers Gap. Police believe he was killed during a home invasion

Nicholas Brooks, 22, was charged with first degree murder during a felony.

22-year-old Ladarius Wilson was charged with accessory after the fact with first degree murder. 

Waters was an instructor at Amro Music and also a Shelby County School teacher. 

His murder is sent shock waves through the Mid-South, not just because his death marked the highest recorded number of murders in the city, but because of the way Waters lived.

Local 24 filmed Waters in February conducting students at Belle Forest Community School.

Family at the home were too upset to talk, but a neighbor who asked not to be identified told us they are devastated.

“They’re very upset they’re very distraught the whole nine yards and even condolences  helps some but not as much is the drama they face right now,” said the neighbor.

The victim’s friends in the tight Tennessee music community took to Facebook to share their grief.

“He was an amazing teacher and loved by his students,” said a colleague.

“Nashville School of the arts lost an angel and one of the best violinists known,” said a former schoolmate.

Waters bought the home where he was murdered just a few months ago, but neighbors had already become fond of his friendly nature.

“It really freaks me out. It’s too close to home and it just makes you want to go out and start arming yourself and putting video cameras and everything just to watch your surroundings.  It’s a total nightmare,” said a neighbor.

Shelby County School Systems spokespeople did not respond to repeated requests on Friday for a statement about the teacher.

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