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In Memory…

Feb. 20, 2002

Mt. Pleasant, TX
I went to High School with Chris and he was a wonderful person and we will miss him very much!!!

Chris Melbourne FL
He will never be forgotten. He will always be known as an outstanding player on and off the field. We will truly miss him and our hearts go out to the Campbell family.

B.J. James (Seattle, Washington)
Chris held a special place in my heart since the day that I met him in August of 1998 at the University of Miami. My heart dropped when I heard the news, but I knew that beyond the glitz and glamour of football, he trusted in the Lord. My heart is hurt but yet settled in knowing that he is in a better place. You will always be in my heart.
Love,
B.J. (Miss Black U.M. 1999)

ty chiago,il
my prayers go to the campbell family sometimes
life is very precious.
ty

john(miami,florida
My prayers go out to chris’ family.Let them get through these times.He was good he could of made it far.You just have to keep moving.

Phil, Glendora, NJ
Thought and prayers to family and friends.

Jose (Miami,FL)
My condolenses to the family of Chris Campbell in Mt. Pleasent, TX and at the University of Miami. No more then a month and a half ago the University of Miami won their fifth national championship. And now we deal with the lost of one of its finest Gladiators. Chris left us as a Champion and a Champion he was. As a son, friend, student, and human being. As I am reminded from time to time, Champions Sportswear logo. “It takes a little more to be a Champion”. Chris you had that little more in all areas of your life. We will miss you. God Bless

Alexis Newton (Mt. Pleasant, Texas)
Chris…
You and I knew one another, but not well enough. Sorry we never got the chance to go into depth like we always wanted to. I remember when we first met I knew you were special then. I’m taking this really hard, but God never puts more on us then we can bare. You will be truly missed. I never missed a game. “The Great Chris Campbell” I always said “Go Chris Go” & guess what I’m still doing the same. God must have need a linebacker. Tears of pain so turn into tears of joy. I love you kid…I love you!
~Alexis
R.I.P. Christoper J. Campbell #48

GP Grand Bay Hotel (Miami)
The world will be a much sadder place, but Heaven will be that mich GREATER!
GOD BLESS YOU

Josh Campbell (Mt. Pleasant , TX.)
Hearing the news about Chris silenced and stopped me in my tracks along with those who grew up with Chris. I can’t believe that your gone. It seems like yesterday we were cutting up in school or driving a football down field. Chris, you were a great friend to all and a inspiration to many. You had one the biggest hearts that I have ever seen on a man.Always knowing what you wanted you would go to the extreme and would work harder than anyone to have it. Chris, I will miss you and will always keep the great memories in my heart for the rest my life and for eternity.
class of 98′
# 41& #48 FOREVER

Richard Ramey / Pittsburg,tx
It was a great honor to have had you in my familys’ life.

I will miss that great smile you had. I will always cherish the picture I have of you holding my youngest son in the hospital when he was born in 1995.

Jeremy and I will miss watching you on Saturdays. But GOD has a plan for you my friend, so I will make the most of life down here till I see you again in heaven.

love ya,
as always to you,
Uncle ROLO

Scar (gainesville, FL)
to the family, friends, and teammates of chris campbell
my thoughs and prayers are with you forever and always.
May God bless every one of you in you journey of life and may you
be safe from hear on out.
Chris is now with the Lord and he is watching over him like no other can.

My deepest prayers to every single one of you.

Scarlett

Jerod Parker – Mansfield, TX/Mt. Pleasant, TX
Chris was an amazing young man who will truly be missed. The one thing I remember about him, as I am sure many of you will, was his handshake. It was very impressive and powerful! It is an honor to say that I knew him. My prayers are with the family. Just remember, God is always with you.

mt pleasant tx jeremy 14
to the family of chris i loved watchin him through his years here at mount pleasant and in colledge.never thought this would happen and i have u in my pryers. mp loves u chris #48 forever

Jyene Mack Ventura, California
I am not yet a Miami Hurricane…but I will be in the fall of 2002…when I heard about this tragedy…I felt the pain and sorrow of all the people of UM…my heart goes out to Chris’s family..but we must all remember that he is now in a safe place…he is with “GOD”

Plano, Texas
A star to his team, family and friends; but most important a new star in heaven. He will be remembered as a man, player, son, student and much more; but the Lord has a welcome for him in heavens and he will play there like a star he was in life. God bless Chris and hopes the best for his family left behind.
Victor Claudio

Nate
I pray that God will comfort and encourage the family and friends.

Charles (Miami, FL)
Mr. Searcy…I wish I had the chance to know Chris personally because I have read and heard so many positive things about his character and the way he condcted himself throughout life. Thank you for raising such a wonderful person.

To Chris’s brothers, keep your heads up and remember all the good times you all had.

I also want to send my sincere condolences to Tombi and the entire Bell family. My prayers are with you.

And to everyone whose life Chris has touched so deeply, let our memory of Chris be a happy one.

Chris, you will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you #48!

Ricky, Tallahassee, FL
Our thoughts and prayers are the family. There is comfort in knowing he is in a much better place then we could ever imagine.

Jessica
My thoughts and prayers are with the Campbell family. Chris is a wonderful young man, who was admired by many. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain his family is going through, but we must never forget that now Chris is in a better place, where he will continue to touch many souls in heaven. God Bless! RIP CHRIS… WE’LL MISS YOU!!

staceymemphistn
i would like to say that chris was a wonderful player and from what i understand a good person he will be sorely missed hurricaneforlife.

Jason (Gainesville,Fl)
I went to UM with Chris for 3 years before I graduated last year. I got to know Chris very well and he meant a lot to me and my friends. Last year he was the heart and soul of our IM baksetball team who won the school title. Its amazing how a man who says so little can influence people so much. When someone has done so much on the field and all everyone can talk about is what he has done off the field and how much he has affected everyone off the field shows how good of a person he was. Chris you were a gentle Giant and I will miss you. Remember the Dream Team (#22 and 32)

RIP 48 you will be greatly missed.

Chris Baber-Huntington Beach-CA
I am so incredibly sorry for the friends and family of Mr. Chris Cambell. Although I did not know him, I am truly sure that he had changed the lives of so many people. God only takes the best of us. Chris truly was one of the best. My deepest condolences to everyone who knew him.

John, coral springs,florida
You are an inspiration to all young athletes, there should be more like you, Thank you for the National Championship and the role you played in bringing that to Miami. That is the way i want to remember you in life not the latter.

Don S. (Mt. Pleasant, MI)
Chris was a great player taken before his time. He shined on the field as he must now shine in heaven. Our prayers go out to his family, the University of Miami, and the nation, for he is a player, and a man that will definatly be missed.

Julie Ramey – Pittsburg, TX
Chris is a big part of our family. Eric, my nephew, brings home his new found best friend one day and little did we know that he, Chris, would be with us for the rest of our lives, in one way or another. Especially in Eric, and his sisters’ Autumn’s life. We just gotlucky and got to be let in the relationship. Thanks or sharing you guys.

I can still hear all the noise, laughter, giggles and screams that Eric, Chris, Brock and Autumn would make. The smiles it brought to our faces. The laughter would be so intense it would cause us to curl over. And here would be Chris with that smile of his that could light up a summer’s nigt. Whether it be from playing pool,pillow fights, wrestling, playing whatever sport came to mind at the time or watching movies.

I’ll never forget how Jeremy, my oldest son, would just follow Chris and Eric around saying how he wanted to be just like them. Well, Chris, he’s doing it! He’s a linebacker now, in high school, just like you while saying the whole time…”If Chris can do it, so can I.”

I remember the day Liz brought you to the hospital when I had given birth to Nathaniel and you said, “Aunt Julie, what am I suppose to do with it?” I never laughed so hard. I love how you loved him and cuddled him and would play with him. Thank you.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but…..an entire lifetime to forget them.

I know I’ll see you again one day in heaven. For God’s word tells us so……..

Here’s to a lifetime Chris….see you later

I love you,
Aunt Julie

Alexis Newton (Mt. Pleasant, Texas)
Chris…
There are just soo many things that I have to say. We don’t say them until it’s too late. I realize that we need to say them more often. As these tears flow from my eyes I think of you wanted to tell you I love you for the last time. You were very special with the sweetest spirit. I’ll forever remember you! I Love You!
Alexis A. Newton
RIP…Chris J. Campbell #48

T (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
My prayers go out to the family and friends of Chris Campbell. I went through a similar situation less than two years which claimed the life of someone very close to me. He was only 20 years old. I know that it is hard right now. With God’s grace things will get better. As a student at UM I had the opportunity to know Chris through a couple of classes. He was seemed to be in a good mood. Its so unfortunate he had to leave so soon.

Jonah Parker (Austin/Mt. Pleasant, TX)
Chris,
I always thought of you as “The Gentle Giant.” I will never forget the time when I made the mistake of telling you to shake hands like a real man. I don’t think that my hand will ever be the same again. You were an inspiration to all of us underclassmen in high school. I always looked up to you and admired you for all of your accomplishments both as a football player and as a human being. No matter how many letters form colleges you use to bring and show me in geometry, I never once heard you boast about your abilities. You made us proud at Miami. Every time a Miami game would come on or when I was watching SportsCenter, I would look for that #48 and see what he had done special on that day. I also was pulling for you in the National Championship when my poor Horns fell by the wayside. I hurt for you when I found out that you would be playing in the game, but you had already made your presence felt and was a champion in my mind already. My prayers are with your famil!y but I know that they take comfort in knowing that you are looking down on us from Heaven. You can rest assured that all of us MP boys will keep your name honored and remembered. I just want to do my part in proving how truly amazing you were to everyone that knew you. Thanks for all of the memories Chris.

Jonah

Duke Fvavors Daingerfield Tx
Chris you will truly be missed by alot of people. Love Duke

Phillip Jermaine Dempsey(Macon,Ga)
To everyone down there at the University of Miami and to the family and friends of Chris campbell my condolences goes out to you
Love Phillip
I want to send send flowers down there my # is 478-788-6867
call me anytime.

LEIGH BARNER Miami, FL
My heart go’s out to the family of Chris Campbell.
For me being a family member of one of the Hurricanes football players which is Andre Johnson. This tragedy is a heart felt tragedy. Attending every game watching all the players do there BEST out on the feild you start to fill like thier all apart of your family.

KEVIN GORMAN OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
I NEVER KNEW HIM IN PERSON BUT WATCHED EVERY ONE OF THEIR GAMES……CHRIS WILL BE MISSED…..HE WAS A GREAT ATRIBUTE TO THIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM……WE LOVE YOU CHRIS.

KMG
OVERLAND PARK, KS

Eric Campbell (Miami, FL)
With each passing day I learn more and more about Chris, and each time I come away feeling more and more blessed to have known this remarkable individual. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris, family, and friends.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Eric Campbell
University of Miami
Track Coach

The Lee Family, Maitland, Florida
Chris was an outstanding person, admired by many. He was faithful to his family, school and teamates. You should be very pround of him as he was of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

CAULIN RIMINGTON, RICHMOND VIRGINIA
I LIVED IN MIAMI MY WHOLE LIFE AND I GREW UP WATCHING THESE GUYS AND THEY ARE THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM BY FAR. TO LOSE A PERSON LIKE CHRIS IS HORRIBLE. HE WAS A BIG PART IN THIS TEAM AND A BIG PART OF THE MIAMI HURRICANES…. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. ALL OF OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE CAMPBELL FAMILY.

Big Russ (Miami Northwestern/allataye@hotmail.com)
I would just like to say that we will defintely miss Chris. It was such a joy to see him come back and play his senior season, when he could have opted to turn professional. I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ would watch over his family. Also, I would like to encourage the player at UM to continue what was started by the likes of Chris. Continue to walk in class and intergrity. Remember the Bible says that weeping endureth for a night but joy cometh in the morning. It’s okey to cry, It’s okey to have hurtful feeling, It’s okey to Miss Chris , but know this that joy is coming soon after this dark night is over.

Gage, Jefferson City, Missouri
We express our sincere sympathy to you, and our prayers are with you. God has called another Angel to be by his side.

Karmarlos(West palm beach ,Florida)
Having lost a friend this weekend, I know what friends and family are gfoing through right now. I didn’t know Chris, idon’t even go to the university, but I have played high school football with several current players so all of the players like role models to me. Having lost a friend and a fellow football player in high school, i know the pain will last a life time. My heart felt condolencses go out to the entire Campbell family.

Stephen James, Mayo FL.
I follow Miami football really closely, and I know that Chris was a great guy on the field, and off, this is a tragedy to us all to lose someone like Chris. I would like to send my blessings to his family, and may God bless them through this tough time.

ken greene Omaha tx
I hate to see you go but sometime thing happen and we must live with them.
The time that i have spent with were good time and i enjoy them. I hope god enjoy you as much as the people you have known while were alive. When I get to i hope see ya again.
I would like to send a pray to the campbell family at this time.

Lonnie Berry – Miami, FL
Though we did not know you, we knew you.

The only certainty in life is death. But you left yours much to early. God bless you, your family and friends.

We’ll see ya when we get there playing on The Man’s team!

Lonnie Berry

miami
Thank you Chris,you will always be in our hearts.

Robert Spears, Santa Rosa Beach, Fl
My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris’ family, friends, and teamates. It is hard to see an up and coming star player like Chris not get to show his talent in the NFL.

IRA DILL , L. HATTIESBURG,MS
OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO CHRIS’S FAMILY.LET US REJOICE BECAUSE HE IS NOW IN A BETTER PLACE.ONE THING IS FOR SURE,HE IS A MIAMI HURRICANE, SO WE KNOW HE IS A STARTING LINEBACKER ON THE LORD’S FOOTBALL TEAM.AS HE LOOKS DOWN ON US I KNOW HE IS SAYING: GO CANES GO CANES GO CANES.

JEN &RICH, PT ST LUCIE, FL
WE OFFER OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF CHRIS CAMPBELL & TO THE ENTIRE HURRICANE FOOTBALL TEAM–HE WAS AWESOME–JUST REMEMBER THAT THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN BEING A CANE IS BEING AN ANGEL OF GOD!!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!! OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!

Bobby Collins, Tampa, Fl.
My prayers and thoughts are with the Campbell family during their period of mourning. Chris you were a great one!!!!!!

Robert R (Miami, FL)
My Prayers
go out the Campbell family and to the whole UM football team you all lost a son,brother and great young man. My Chris rest in peace and God bless his soul. he is still with us in our hearts.
And you can bet he will be watching out from above.

will valdez,hoboken n.j,
chris,thanks for being a great friend and teammate.i’ll miss you dog.i still cant believe this happened.we all did say we were family at the U but now i really know what we meant.to all past ,present and future canes,lets take care of each other.we just lost a brother ,soup,you will be missed,but we’ll meet again.see you in heaven pretty boy

Peter (Hobken,NJ)
I have seen much tragedy over the last 5 months. I write my thoughts from the 41st floor of an officebuiling overlooking gorund zero in NYC. I asked then and I ask now, “why?”. Why someone so gifted? It’s always a tragedy when a young life is lost. It hurts even more when it’s someone who is a part of something so special. Friends ask why I’m so sad for someone I didn’t know. I respond,” It’s a CANE thing, you wouldn’t understand!” Chris Campbell will always be #48 in our playbooks and #1 in our hearts. God Bless to Chris and his family. God Bless us all!

J.R MARQUEZ
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS THREW OUT THIS TRAGIC EVENT . MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL. GO CANES#1

Sam Brown (Boston,MA)
I will continue to pray for chris’ family.

-To be absent from the body, is to be present with the lord.-

Kent Butler, hollywood ,fl
Cris was a fantastic player and from what I have read a wonderful young man. My favorite thing to do in the entire world is watch the hurricanes play football and seeing Chris these last three years was as good as it gets. My father just passed and I understand the horrible loss his family and friends are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Manuel Galego (Miami Lakes, FL)
I will miss you #48 for what you did on the field, especially at the end of this championship season when you were playing your best ball. I did not know you but you made us all proud: ON AND OFF THE FIELD. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. We were privileged to have had you here.

Reyeros Family-Miami, Fl
Hey there Chris, your body may be gone but your spirit will always live among us. God Bless you we will miss you! our deepest sympathy to your family

Randy Naidoo Houston, Tx
Some things you don’t forget. I remember meeting Chris when he came for his recruiting trip to Miami when I played football from ’96-’99. He gave me this firm handshake and had this calm demeanor about him. He seemed like he should have been playing college ball then. And then came two-a-days, and we had to run 16 110’s and make them in 15 seconds and Chris was the only freshman to finish them all and do it with ease. I knew then he was NFL material. And he was humble about his athleticism and I admired him for that. I wish I got a chance to say good-bye to a good friend, but also a great person. To all those fans you had and still have, I know they won’t forget you. I know I won’t.

Danny Weathermon Aurora, Mo
Being a big hurricane’s fan. I have not only seen them win champioships, but I also got to see the good men that played on the teams and chris was one of them. He was one of my favorite players. My heart go out to his family. We will all miss him
Love,
Danny Weathermon

Brad K. Grand Ronde OR.
You were a superb player and even better person. You always made the University and Miami fans proud. You will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Our hearts go out to all the family and friends.

Michelle (Gaithersburg, MD)
My heart and prayers go out to the family, football team, and student body at the University of Miami. I met Chris while completing my Masters Degree at the University of Miami. He was always smiling and joking in the training room and about business on the field. It was a terrible shock to hear the news, but God’s plans for Chris are much bigger and better than we could ever imagine. He will be deeply missed.

Steve
I never met you Chris, but from what I hear you were quite a guy. I wish I had the privlidge of meeting you. I know your up in Heaven with God #48, because God only takes the best.
Rest In Peace Number 48. We’ll miss ya bro.

Angel (Miami, FL)
Althought people die unfortunate, trajic deaths every day thourghout the world…it is mostly noticed when someone close or well known dies.

Even thought I never met Chris, I’ve watched him, and cheered for him at football games, my prayers go out to him and his family.

Dawn (New Jersey)
God bless the family of Chris Campbell. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Rest in peace #48. May god bless you and keep you.

Pat Thornton Houston, Texasnm
I did know Chris personally, I only talked to him on the telephone a few times. I do know his father and I canot express how sad I feel for his family. God bless his family.

Pat

mac miami, fl
i’m still numb all these days later–i hope you can feel all this love wherever you are. you made a lot of people very proud, i guarantee that. my deepest regrets go out to your family and fiance especially–may The Source of Peace send it unto you. God bless.

mr&mrs Suazo
our prayers go out to his family and hope they can make it pass this tragedy. but always believe he’s in a better place ….god bless from shaquana wilkins family

Jason Graham Jax,Florida
I didnt know him as a person, but my prayers go out to his family. Im deeply sorry for your loss and I pray that the Lord continues to strenghten you all as time passes. He will do it all you gotta do is believe.

donald shelton
rest in peace young man

Jesus & Lourdes Jara (Manchester, CT)
There are no words that can heal the pain that Chris’ family, the Bell family and the UM family are going through but we would like them all to know that they are all in our thoughts & prayers.