Co-workers, students remember murdered music teacher

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The two suspects charged in the murder of a Belle Forest music teacher appeared in court Monday morning.

Police arrested 22-year-old Nicholas Brooks and Ladarius Wilson in connection to the murder of Christopher Waters. Brooks was charged with first-degree murders while Wilson was charged as an accessory.

But Monday was also the first day back to school following Water's murder Friday. WREG learned just how much of an impact the victim made on the community.

“These music teachers are giving of themselves nonstop and Chris was one of the biggest," said Bradley Frith with AMRO Music.

From selling instruments to teaching children how to use them, Chris’s loved ones say his talent shined.

“They loved it. They lit up. He ignited the passion for music not only in students, but in teachers as well," added CJ Averwater with AMRO Music.

Waters worked part time at AMRO Music for several years, performed as a violist and taught music at Belle Forest Elementary School.

“They say he was a real good man. My grandson said he was a real good man," said Jackqueline Pittman.

Pittman said Chris taught both her grandkids music and learned more about the 30-year-old’s death on the news.

“They watched it this morning before I brought them to school and you know they just don't understand why it happened to him,” she said.

Waters was a man commended for his teaching abilities and dedication to the job.

Shelby County Schools said they provided grief counselors for students and are focusing on supporting them after this tragic loss.

“She was really upset about it, it took a little out of her," said Pittman, talking about her granddaughter.  “It upsets me because they don't understand why people are doing what they're doing here in Memphis now. It's been too much of it and they know that you know and then it gets to someone they really love you know, it affected them.”