DC Principal Remembered at Special Memorial Service

Honoring a principal who cared about his students.

By Chris Pyburn
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 4:13 PM EDT
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DC Principal Remembered at Special Memorial Service

Brian Betts

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A public memorial service was held Saturday for Brian Betts, the popular middle school principal found murdered in his home last month.

 
More than 300 people attended the service at Music Center at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, Md.
 
Betts, the principal at D.C.'s Shaw Middle School, was found dead inside his Silver Spring home on April 15.
 
The service included video tributes, piano and choir performances.
 
D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee honored Betts, who she lured him away from the Montgomery County School School system two years ago.
 
News4 spoke with former student Milai Henriat, who said Betts changed his life.
 
"I got into some trouble and I was going to be recommended for expulsion, but he pleaded for me," he said. "He got me back on track, had me get my grades up'.
 
Montgomery County Police are still searching for the Betts' killer.
 
Several items from his home were taken, including his SUV, which was recovered a few days later in southeast Washington.

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