Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Master Ellis leaves enduring legacy at MSA

Master Ellis.

It is how many students at Manatee School for the Arts referred to Kenneth Ellis.

He taught them world history and Tae Kwon Do.

Taught them about life, too.
Master Ellis.

It speaks of their profound respect and heartfelt admiration for this man, this teacher, this role model.

“I owe almost all I am today to Master Ellis,” junior Taylor Lesoine told The Herald.

Wednesday those two words were spoken in pained disbelief and with an unfathomable sense of loss.

A loss that shook the MSA family to its core and reverberated around our community.

Ellis, 61, was shot and killed answering the door at his home in North Port late Tuesday night.

Police said two unknown subjects in masks and dark clothes ran from the scene and neighbors said a dark sedan fled the neighborhood.

My God.

That this should happen to anyone in the safety of their own home is shocking enough.

That it happened to a man who is beloved and has been described by many as a gentle soul and a great teacher is outrageous.

This is insane.

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