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Belle Forest students pay tribute to murdered music teacher at winter showcase

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On Thursday, students at Belle Forest Community School performed music for beaming parents and staff, but the one they were really playing for was nowhere in the audience.

"Mr. Waters was my favorite," said fourth-grader Autumn Reed. "He was my favorite teacher forever."

Christopher Waters' passion was teaching these kids music at Belle Forest.

"Mr. Waters said to me, 'That's why I do this, for kids like that; kids that love this and go on to do amazing things,'" said his coworker Mr. Hallman.

Waters was found shot to death last Friday in his home in Raleigh. Two men were arrested for the crime, and details of what happened are still being worked out.

All we're left with is the 30-year-old`s legacy.

"It's been real hard because he was one of the genuinely good people that makes the world better just because he's in it to make you laugh, and now the world`s just a little bit duller because he's gone," said Waters' friend Jason Fletcher.

At their Winter Showcase on Thursday, the spotlight was on him. A video played showing Waters' talent and personality.

"You know how people always change when they grow up? He never did," said Fletcher. "He was always positive and uplifting."