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Christopher Keil ... Jan 8, 1996 - Jul 25, 2015
Christopher Keil ... Jan 8, 1996 - Jul 25, 2015
Art Roflmao

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Challenge: Remembering (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2017
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Jun 11, 2017
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 6400
Shutter: 1/40
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2017

Chris was my nephew. My oldest sister's second of two children. On July 25, 2015, Christopher was shot and killed in front of his house in a random act of gang violence. To this day, they have not caught the murderer. Chris was 19 years young. He loved hockey and cars. My sister gave me one of his hockey jerseys when I was down in San Jose for his memorial service. This jersey hangs in my office studio and there's not a day that don't look at it and remember him. He was FULL of life since he was born and was always a character. I didn't see him often over the paste few years before his death, but I miss him every time I think of him.

I laid the jersey over my keyboard and put up some of the images of Chris that sit in my screensaver folder along with thousands of other family pics. The image isn't great and won't score well, but I am thankful I had this opportunity to memorialize him here on DPC.

Some related info:
San Jose Mercury News Article
NBC Bay Area Report
ABC 7 News coverage of Candlelight Vigil held for Christopher
NBC Bay Area coverage of the Candlelight Vigil
A Memorial Video I put together on what would have been his 20th Birthday


Lastly, Christopher's death occurred while I was on hiatus from DPC. In those two years I was away, I lost my nephew, my dog (Kirby) and my grandfather. Coincidence? Probably. ;-)

Place: 8 out of 27
Avg (all users): 6.1395
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0625
Avg (non-participants): 6.1852
Views since voting: 202
Views during voting: 89
Votes: 43
Comments: 8
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06/19/2017 04:59:17 PM
Lovely tribute.
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06/19/2017 01:46:58 PM
WOw... how HORRIBLE!

I'm so sorry about your loss, Ken.
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06/19/2017 12:37:43 PM
Thats a really sad story, Ken. This is great tribute.
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06/19/2017 01:31:40 AM
You scored and 8 from me for this sad Photo Story of your nephew who lost his life too young.Congrats on your top ten.
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06/19/2017 12:13:16 AM
This image is perfect and it's sad that a terrible situation brought the pieces together. Hugs to you and your family.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2017 10:53:50 PM
Sorry for your loss.
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06/17/2017 06:49:17 PM
Such a bummer, Art :-(
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06/12/2017 12:17:45 PM
So young... Very sad for you. Good luck.
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