MPD responds to 214th homicide: friends remember music teacher murdered inside home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- At family-owned Amro Music on Poplar Avenue, something is out of tune.

"Parents knew to come in and see him because he was such an expert, such a specialist at what he did. He was an expert at was helping kids find their passion," said Bradley Frith of Amro Music.

They said a school principal called them Friday morning looking for a music teacher who never came to school. One of the Amro employees went by the man's home, saw crime scene tape and knew what happened.

WREG spoke with a neighbor on Pipers Gap Drive who didn`t want to show his face.

"This is the second homicide in this neighborhood since I've lived here in 30 years," he told WREG.

214 deaths marks a record year for Memphis homicides. Like so many others, the victim's neighbor said he didn`t understand.

"Unacceptable. Somethings got to stop," he said.

Friends of the victim said he was a teacher and sold instruments. They said his lessons were bigger than any classroom.

"He`d teach them to play their first note, how to hold the bow. That really was what lit up his day. You could tell it on the kids walking out because they left with an experience, not just an instrument," Amro's C.J. Averwater said.

Amro employees said they planned to set up a tribute fund raiser for their former colleague.

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