Slain Teacher: East Texans reflect on Todd R. Henry's life

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The loss of Todd R. Henry is a tragedy that has hit East Texans hard. Mr. Henry died Wednesday morning after a stabbing took place at John Tyler High School. Numerous friends, family and acquaintances have written in to share their memories of Mr. Henry.

If you would like to write a message to Mr. Henry's family or share a memory, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Here are just a few of the emails we've received so far:

"I am a family friend of Todd and Jan Henry. He was an awesome guitarist and musician. My son has played at various times with Todd. Todd was a special education instructor. He will be so missed by his family and friends. The loss to the school district and the music scene in East Texas is great. It's so hard to wrap one's head around these things." -Donna L. Cash

"He was a very good friend of mine and we all loved him very much. Him and his family are in my prayers, as well as the student and the student's family that was involved in the altercation." -Tiffany Channon

"I knew Todd Henry....I am devastated and heartbroken at his loss.....completely speechless....huge heart...beautiful spirit...wonderful man...recently married to Jan...was George Faber's Bass player and close close friend....I worked for George at TISD and that is how I got to know and love Todd and call him a true friend....what a loss....He is in a better place now..." -Angela M. Watson

"I did not know Todd well, but I had heard him play.  I can tell you that without a doubt, He was the finest jazz guitarist in East Texas." -Kevin Kelley

"Although, I did not know him personally, he was apart of a very memorable occasion of mine.  He was a member of the band, with George Faber, and played at my wedding reception in 2002.  He could really make that guitar "talk" if you will.  He played with so much heart, and it seemed as if he were "one" with that guitar.  I will always remember how much fun we had then, in 2002 at the Rose Gardens in Tyler TX.  I remember him telling me that he really enjoyed being apart of the reception and was honored to be there.  He stated that he almost enjoyed observing the other non-traditional wedding reception activities, more than playing that evening, as we had a lot of fun things that were incorporated into the celebration.

It is with heartfelt sympathy that I send condolences to his family and friends abroad.  May the music that he played, forever strum in each of our hearts." -Lori Brewster

"I am friends with his step-son and his wife. I only had the pleasure of meeting him once while he attended the talent show at camp Heyday , A camp for mentally and physically retarded citizens. He a very sincere man...Very polite ...A warming energy always around him. I wish I had the opportunity to know him better but meeting him only once I still can't believe this kind of violence could happen to such a man." -Bailey Hutton

"I have known Todd Henry both professionally and with both of us being employed by TISD.  He was a wonderful teacher and musician and will be deeply missed by all.  His kindness to children will always be remembered." -Bobby Overall

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