Popular teacher gunned down in dispute over loud music


by Courtney Zubowski / 11 News


Posted on May 3, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 4 at 6:50 AM

HUFFMAN, Texas—Students and teachers in the New Caney School District are mourning the loss of their beloved P.E. teacher.

Sorters Mill Elementary teacher Kelly Danaher was shot and killed at his home in the 300 block of Oak Knoll over the weekend. He was hosting a birthday party when the suspect showed up with a shotgun, according to police.

"There was no reason," said Sorters Mill Elementary Principal Patricia Musick.  "He was a great guy. It was senseless."

Danaher’s neighbor, 44-year-old Raul Rodriguez, a retired Baytown firefighter, is charged with his murder.

Rodriguez is accused of shooting Danaher and two others after he went over to Danaher’s home claiming the music was too loud.

"He had such a commitment to our kids. He loved what he did. He loved the students. He was a truly a gifted teacher," said Musick. "He knew from the bottom of his heart that you had to build relationships with kids. That you had to capture their hearts to capture their minds and that is what he did."

Eight pastors and about a dozen counselors were available Monday for students at Sorters Mill Elementary.

Houston Fire Department Capt. Ricky Johnson, who was also shot, is in critical condition at Ben Taub Hospital.  H

Johnson was just promoted to Senior Captain two weeks ago.

His fellow firefighters were praying for his recovery, describing his condition as "touch and go."

A third shooting victim, Marshall Stetson, was treated and released from the hospital.