Teacher killed honored by East Texas musicians

By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas teacher's legacy is being remembered in the form of music. A little more than a year after Todd Henry was stabbed and killed by a student in his classroom, friends and family hosted a concert to raise money for the Todd Henry Musical Fund. This money will be used to fund scholarships for aspiring musicians.

The memory of Todd  was nearby as tribute was paid to the musician, educator and activist for special needs children.

"He is here today. I think in heaven he probably has a good band going right now, and they're probably dueling, heaven and earth," Todd's widow Jan Henry said.

She wants people to remember her husband by the things he was most passionate about, music and education.

"Not two days after I lost him. I lost him Wednesday, and by Friday, the scholarship fund was already on its way," Jan said.

Events like Sunday's jam session, that featured Todd's friends and former band mates, raise money for the scholarship fund.

"Also, it's an opportunity for us musicians to get together to enjoy one another's company and remember stories about Todd," Todd's former band mate Mitch Shamburger said.

"I think about him every time I play. When I do a gig and I play certain songs that Todd used to sing, it brings back memories. When we sing our hearts out, when we play the guitars, when we play the saxophones, harmonicas, anything else, we are expressing our souls, and Todd is a part of that," Shamburger said.

"He'd be proud of us. He loved us all. Nobody has forgotten him, and I don't want him forgotten," Jan said.

If you want to make a donation in honor of Todd, donations can be made to the Todd Henry Musical Fund at the Cooperative Teacher Credit Union in Tyler.

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