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Montgomery County police are not releasing much information about the investigation into the shooting death of Brian Betts. But that's not stopping friends and family of the former D.C. public school principal to express their sympathy.

Betts was found shot to death in his Montgomery County home April 15th. Police believe it is possible there was more than one person involved with the shooting.

Meanwhile, Betts’ friends are sharing stories of his passion for seeing his students succeed.

Jeff Jackson was one of those students. The 22-year-old is now trying to become a Maryland State Trooper and first met Betts when Jackson was a sixth-grader. Jackson says Betts taught students well after the school day ended, even after the cheerleading practices he led.

"Cheerleading practice was from like 3 to 5 [p.m.]," he says, "and then after that, from 7-10 at night we would be in a room. He'd cook us dinner. We'd sit around tell stories, we would do homework. We'd talk about life, our parents."

Jackson says that extra time was important because Betts filled the role of a missing father to many of his students.

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