Shaw Middle School Principal Brian Betts Killed In Silver Spring
Principal's Murder Shocks Community
The murder of principal Brian Betts has shocked the community of students and educators at Shaw Middle School in Washington D.C. Forty-two-year-old principal Brian Keith Betts was found dead inside his home in Silver Spring on Thursday night. It is reported Betts sustained at least one gunshot wound. His death was ruled homicide, although it is not clear if the shooting was targeted. No suspect is currently being identified by the police who are desperately looking for a possible motive. When Betts failed to show up for work on Thursday morning, his co-workers suspected something was wrong. They were the ones to find his body at his Silver Spring home later that day.
Ironically, the home where Betts's body was found has a history of violence. It was the site of double murder in 2002. Greg Russell and his daughter 9-year-old Erika Smith were shot and killed inside the house. The car missing from Betts's home was found in southeast Washington by investigators on Saturday. A dark blue Nissan Xterra belonging to Betts was missing from the scene of homicide initially. Police investigation is ongoing. The officers are now revisiting the site of the incident in search of evidence.
Betts had 20 years of experience as a teacher. A candlelight vigil were held in the wake of the principal's death in the schools where he used to work. The superintendent of the school district had worm words about the slain principle, "Brian was an outstanding educator who was able to forge strong, lasting relationships with his students and his colleagues."
Today, was the first day that the school children at Shaw Middle School have returned to school after learning about principal's death.
"Mr. Betts was something like a father to me," said Daamonte Brown, a ninth grader who says he'll miss interacting with Principal Betts each morning. "You know he always been there. He helped me when I needed help."
A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the school in memory of Betts.