2 charged in death of music teacher

2 charged in death of music teacher
SCS teacher Christopher Waters, 30, was found unresponsive in his home with a gunshot wound, according to MPD. (Source: Facebook)
SCS teacher Christopher Waters, 30, was found unresponsive in his home with a gunshot wound, according to MPD. (Source: Facebook)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two men have been arrested and charged in the murder of a Shelby County School teacher.

Police said Christopher Waters, 30, was found unresponsive in his home in the 5400 block of Pipers Gap Drive, just before 10:30 a.m. Friday. Waters was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators said Waters was possibly killed during a home invasion.

"It's heartbreaking," coworker CJ Averwater said. "Just selfishly, we're going to miss him each and every day, just his smile. He would walk into a room and the whole room would just be bright, it would be lively."

MPD found Nicholas Brooks, 22, nearby in Waters' vehicle. He was detained and later charged with first-degree murder. Investigators also arrested and charged Ladarius Wilson, 22, with accessory after the fact in connection with the homicide.

"It's going to be hard, just him not being here," Waters' mother, Lisa Waters, said. "It's just going to be very, very hard. I'm going to miss him. I'm really going to miss him."

Waters said her son had one of those personalities that made everyone's day brighter, as well as an infectious smile.

"I feel like I'll need him every day for probably the rest of my life," she said.

Christopher Waters had a passion for music, especially string instruments. He worked at Amro's Music and taught music at Belle Forrest Community School. His dream was to one day become a school principal.

"The teaching and the children and the music, that was his life," Waters said.

Brooks and Wilson admitted to police that they stole electronics, alcohol, and Waters' car with two other men.

"The people that did this to him--we're going to be right here until they pay for it," Waters said.

Waters' death is the 214th homicide in Memphis in 2016.

"It needs to stop. It needs to stop," she said. "But just know, he is not a number. He was Christopher Dane Waters, that's who he was."

His mother said his soul could not be contained. In life, he reached out to others to teach, play music, and smile.

"He won't ever be forgotten. He is right here. He won't ever be forgotten."

A GoFundMe was set up to support music and education in Shelby County in Waters' name. If you would like to donate, click here.

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