Friends share memories of John Tyler HS teacher

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Todd Henry will be remembered as a teacher who touched lives both in and out of the classroom. Mr. Henry's friends shared their memories of him.

Music was his passion, and Henry used it to touch those around him, including children with special needs.

"He was one of those guys that you remember,'" said James Beard. "His personality and love for music really kind of sticks with you."

Beard was one of many East Texas musicians who played with Mr. Henry.

"He never had a bad word to say about anyone," said Beard. "He was always positive. You could tell how much he loved music. It was his life."

Originally from Chicago, Todd Henry's love for music started at age four. Although he could play almost any instrument, friends say this wasn't his only passion. Teaching and volunteering for children with special needs was his life.

"When you do this type of work, when you are a teacher of this nature, it takes a special level, a God given level, of love and compassion for these special needs kids," said Kenny Smith.

Henry taught at the St. Louis School before moving to John Tyler. Family members say he has been injured by students more than once.

"You can't imagine anyone attacking someone that dedicates their lives to giving, but we see it everyday," said Smith. "It happens all the time."

For those who knew him the best, the reality has still not set in.

"[I am] absolutely stunned and right now," said Suzanne Brians, who taught with Henry. "The feelings are so raw because this just happened a few hours ago."

But, the memories and music of Todd Henry will always be remembered.

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