William Haynes (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Principal says slain music teacher’s ‘legacy will live on’

A music teacher who was stabbed to death was remembered Tuesday by the principal at the Alpharetta elementary school where he taught for nearly 30 years. 

E. Rivers Elementary School Principal Matt Rogers said Bill Haynes was a phenomenal human being, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“He loved our school and he loved our families and our kids,” Rogers said.

Haynes wrote music for marching band routines at colleges and high schools, too, Rogers said.

Justin Hess faces murder charges in Haynes’ stabbing death Saturday and in the shooting death of Carol Hess, his mother. Police said Hess shot his mother and drove to Sandy Springs, where he stabbed Haynes to death and stole his car. 

Rather than focus on the tragedy, Rogers told Channel 2 he wants to focus on the inspiration and joy Haynes brought others. 

“I hope that when I'm gone I would have touched half the lives that he has,” Rogers said. “His legacy will live on for a long, long time.”

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Read and sign the online guestbook for Bill Haynes

Bill Haynes, 53, music teacher and band leader

Update: Funeral for Bill Haynes will be in Bowling Green, Ky, 11 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 27, at J.C. Kirby & Sons Chapel, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

In lieu of flowers, the newspaper said, contributions can be made to the Bill Haynes Memorial Horn Fund at American Bank and Trust, 1302 Scottsville Road, P.O. Box 688, Bowling Green, KY 42102-0688.

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