Roosevelt Teen is Remembered By Friends and Family - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/13/04

Roosevelt Teen is Remembered By Friends and Family

Chris Barnes was only 16-years-old. He will be buried Tuesday in Idalou. Just two days after Chris's death, the family remembers a young man who had a passion for people.

15-year-old Anthony Barnes and 13-year-old Justin Norman will have to go on with life without their older brother Chris Barnes. "We used to play football with all of our friends," remembers Justin.

A young man who volunteered his time to Habitat for Humanity, his brothers say it was just one way Chris like to help people. "Most of what he cared about is of his family and friends," said Anthony.

Chris had a lot of friends at Roosevelt High School. He was a Sophomore there. On the weekends, he would go to football games and hang out with his friends.

But last Friday night, it would be a fatal one. 18-year-old Alexander Ryan Baquera hit Chris on his head after an argument. The family says Chris never threw a punch and was attacked while sitting in his car.

About two hours after being hit, Chris complained of a headache. His friends told police Chris was falling in and out of consciousness. EMS was later called, and Chris was taken to UMC where he died. Baquera has been charged with murder.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Roosevelt. It's just a couple of steps away from where he used to go to high school.

Chris's brothers say they will miss his brother's smile and practical jokes. But most of all, they want to remember their big brother any way they can. "I'm going to hang up all of his pictures. We'll visit his grave hopefully every day and pray for him," said the boys.

Funeral services are Tuesday, September 14th at 10:00 AM. The family asks that all memorials be made to Habitat for Humanity, 2910 Ave N, Lubbock 79411.

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