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In Memory…

Feb. 22, 2002

Miami, FL
I never met Chris, but i did watch the games, and I do have to say that he was a great player. Some of my friends were close to him and I have seen how it has affected them. I send my condolensces out to his family, and I hope that they realize that he didn’t suffer and that he is in a better place right now. I send all my love and prayers out to his family and his friends. May God Bless You All!

COE,NORTH LAUDERDALE,FLA
WORDS CAN NOT EXPLAIN THE PAIN I FELT,WHEN I WAS TOLD THE NEWS ABOUT CHRIS.I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET CHRIS HIS SOPHMORE SEASON AND QUICKLY BECAME A TRUE FAN OF HIS.THE WAY HE TREATED YOU (NOT JUST AS A FAN)BUT AS A PERSON.CHRIS WOULD ALWAYS COME OVER TO THE BOYS(SHREK,SLIM,BIG SHANE,HINDO)AND SAY WUZ UP,SIGH SOME GRAPHS OR JUST CHILL.WERE GOING TO MISS YOU CHRIS.THE BOYS WILL REPRESENT YOU PROUDLY IN 2002.WE WILL DEDICATE THIS COMING YEAR TO YOU AND SHOW EVERYBODY THAT #48 WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN….
R.I.P. 2/16/02

CANEFAN, Coral Gables FL
It is a tragedy what happened Chris. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him, but it is obvious that he touched the lives of all that knew him. I enjoyed watching all of the games and his incredible level of talent. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends. He will remain in our hearts forever.

The Emanuel Family,Waco,TX
We extend our heart felt sympathy to the family of Chris Campbell
and the University of
Miami. My God bless and
keep you , as you deal with this tradegy. We will remember Chris as a
great young man and a phenomenal athlete.

Amber Woods (Mt. Pleasant TX)
Chris was a wonderful guy who I was fortunate enough to know throughout my highschool years. Chris, you were a Hero on the field and off, and admired by many including me. There was never a day that I would pass by you in the hall that you wouldnt walk up and hug me and ask how my day was going. You were the type of guy that would go out of his way to make others laugh, and forget about their problems. I honestly dont think that you had any ememies, other than those envious of you…Which in that case there were several 🙂 Chris you will always be remembered. As you can see you were loved by many people, and Im sure that you will be missed. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. I dont think that GOD could ask for anyone BETTER to play on his team…I’ll miss you alot chris, but im sure I’ll get to see you again sometime.. love you..Amber

darnell carter(palatka,Florida)
my thoughts are for the family at this time. i hope you know GOD took chris for a reason. i only knew chris from watching his play on the field.but i could tell he was a hard worker and good teamate. so all of you will be in my prayers.

LaToya Johnson(Mt. Pleasant, TX)
Intelligent, attractive, brave, and committed.

These are fine attributes of Chris Campbell. A guy who stood out in any crowd, with his great talent and personality. I can recall when we first met in 7th grade, he saw me as this fiesty,loud, aggressive girl and I saw him as a quiet, nice guy. We became friends at that point. He was easy to talk to, very respectful, fun to be around. When you talked to Chris you heard “sense, not “nonsense”. He was a true friend indeed!

Chris,
high school memories are much to mention. From our 9th grade, 4th period Geography class, to our 12th grade 2nd period Computer class. I will never forget the funny jokes you and Chaun told the class. Friday nights were the nights to remember, when you had the ball you had the crowd. Graduation came soon, and “Project” was a ball, as I watched you spend your Tiger Bucks til you won it all. Your college life I did not miss, as I watched ESPN yelling GO CHRIS! You seldom came home but when you did your call I did not miss, as I watched the caller ID I said, “Oh, it’s finally Chris!” I enjoyed hearing your stories about school, hot practices, and all your new friends. Much Prayer goes out to all of them, for they lost a “Great Man”. Chris, it hasn’t hit me yet, I have not realized that you’re gone. I don’t agree with Celine Dion, my heart will not go on! My classmate, my friend, and my confidant, you will be greatly missed but!
definitely not forgotten!
I have lost a wonderful friend, but God has gained an angel.

Rest in peace my friend!

For your family and friends, there is hope…1 Thes 4:13,14

KEEP YOUR HEADS UP !

Mt. Pleasant, TX
WE LOVE YOU CHRIS, and WE MISS YOU GREATLY!!!

Dutch, Los Angeles, California
I’ve been a ‘Canes fan since the Jim Kelly days when I lived in NYC. This team made all ‘Canes fans feel good and Chris Campbell was a part of that. May God Rest His Soul and Comfort his ‘Canes Teammates, Loved ones and Family.

Blesseth

Ronnie & Julie Reynolds Cookville/Mt. Pleasant Texas
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Chris Campbell. Chris was truley a fine person and gifted athlete. He gave us so much to be proud of. Whether he was suited out as # 41 for the Mt. Pleasant Tigers or # 48 for the Hurricanes, it was an honor and privilege to say that he was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.
After reading the many,many postings to this site, it is apparent that he unknowingly touched the hearts of thousands. That is such an honor to how he lived his life.
He will not be forgotten.
May God comfort his family and give them strength during this time.

UM Alumnus, Miami, FL
I got the chance to see Chris the entire 4 years he was at UM. He was soft spoken, well mannered and never seemed to be in bad mood. On the field it was a different story. He reminded me a lot of Darin Smith when he played here. A quiet guy who made a ton of plays. I’ve seen this team grow over the last four years into National Champions and the amount of pride I have for them and the school cannot be equalled. It’s great to be a ‘Cane!! Chris to me you embodied what a college athlete should and you will be missed. God has other plans for you, its just so sad to see you go so soon and so unfair.

My condolences go out to your family and your girlfriend. May God help them get through this.

MATT – SOUTH DADE
I WATCHED CHRIS PLAY EVERY SATURDAY AT THE ORANGE BOWL AND HE TRULY WAS A WINNER…ON AND OFF THE FIELD…FOOTBALL IS A GAME AND UNFORTUNATLY IS SOMETIMES TAKES A TRAJEDY LIKE THIS FOR US TO RELIZE THAT…WE WILL NEVER FORGET…ILL SAVE A SEAT AT THE OB FOR YA CHRIS… R.I.P.

Mitchell Page Dallas, Texas
You were a joy to watch and im proud to say that im a canes fan. thanks

Donterrio young Mt. Pleasant TX
Iam just thinking about all the fun we had at school with Chris hes last year at M.P. I was just a fershmen that year but i will never forget him and talking to him after football practie all most ever day May God Bless 1Luv Donterrio Young M.P.H.S 4ever

Mr. Dominique Padgett Columbia, South Carolina
I was really shocked to hear about this terrible tragedy that struck the whole University of Miami family. I am and have always been a deep hearted Miami Hurricanes fan. It saddens me to know that such a great football player as well as a great person, has been lost. My prayers go out to Chris’ former teammates, coaches, friends, but most of all his family. I pray that God strengthens his family during this difficult time and to let them know that God can and will help them get through this tough time. Hopefully, this will bring more love, strength, and togetherness with everyone who is affiliated with the University of Miami. Surely Chris would have wanted it this way! GO HURRICANES, YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!!

Vic Wilson–Roswell, Ga.
Our prayers and thoughts are extended to the family of Chris.

Vic Wilson & family

Marcus Kinlaw
We are all sad as a result of this tragity. we must remember God sometimes take his angels early. I’m really going to miss Chris . To the family my prayers are with you . To Tombi we love you ……Your neighbors to the left. Marcus,Kim,Timothy,And Justin…..And to my fellow canes …KEEP YOUR HEADS HIGH….Peace ………..Marcus Kinlaw class of 1989—–

mahogany walker miami ,florida
this goes out to all the um football team coaches family and friends.May chris memories live on threw out ya heart he’s and a better place now we love him but god love him best.

Adrian Halley ( Miami, FL)
My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris’ family friends, and teamates. I have been a Miami Hurricane fan all my life and I know we will never forget #48. We miss you and love you. your with GOD now.

Donterrio Young (Mt. Pleasant TX
(To my boy Chris)PSALM 26; 1-5 Its just so much to say kid i just can’t put it all in words.What i will always remeber about you is. The times win me and my boyz was trying somthing that we saw you do in a game in a high school.That’s how much we look up to you but you always told us to be better than you not like you.And then you die i can’t belev that i was hoping it was just a lie but seeing that it’s not you still have that TIGER EYE.Looking at your film befor a game made us wan’t to put on that Black and Gold we was not ashamde.I’AM about to let you RIP but COACH LARRY SHERMAN took it harde and all but he is still saying a prayer to the LORD and all. It is time to say good bye we all must fly like an angel in the sky WE LOVE THE #41 AT M.P.H.S AND THE 48 AT MIA. R.I.P BABY BOY!!!!!

ACS, UM Coral Gables Campus, Florida
We are sadnened by the death of Chris Campbell. He did so much for the Canes’ success the past three years. He’s a reason the Canes got the 2001 National Championship . We at ACS (Association of Commuter Students) at the University of Miami send our deepest sympathies to Chris’s family, fiance, and the football team. Chris, thanks for all the great memories that you gave us at the Orange Bowl. You made us proud to say: “Its great to be a MIAMI HURRICANE!”

Ricky Mt. PLeasant,
#48 is in a better place that we are. To the people who did not get to know him, I feel sorry for you. Chris is one of the best kids I had a chance to meet. He made my life better by just being himself. I miss you Chris!

Sam, Nashville, TN
I hope Chris’ family can eventually recover from this devastating loss. Chris was a wonderful guy and a fantastic football player. I will always remember #48.

Doug (Lowell, MA)
Well, it was a good thing for you to go to heaven.

BELOVED CHRISTIAN
I DID NOT KNOW CHRIS THAT WELL BUT I HAD HEARD ALOT ABOUT HIM. HE WAS A VERY GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER AND ROLE MODEL. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO THE MAN WHO CHRIS KNEW AS HIS FATHER REV WILLIE EARL SEARCY. I KNOW WITHOUT YOU CHRIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE MAN HE WAS AND PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THE FUTURE HE WAS ABOUT TO EXPLORE. GOD BLESS YOU REV.SEARCY. IF CHRIS WAS A LIVE HE WOULD SAY THANK YOU FOR GIVING HIM A CHANCE TO HAVE A THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD OTHERWISE. GOD HAS PLACES FOR PEOPLE IN HEAVEN LIKE YOU.

Marla, Coral Gables
This is my fifth or sixth message, yet I am so distraught that I can’t seem to stop writing. I was at Chris’s memorial service yesterday. He was such a lucky person to have had such dear, wonderful friends. So many people said such great things about him. I am not normally a “religious” person, yet I KNOW that Chris is looking down on everyone now. I didn’t know Chris personally (except thru UM football), but I haven’t been able to stop crying since Saturday morning. We will cherish our Canes’ magazine from November 24, 2001, which features Chris Campbell, Ken Dorsey, Philip Buchanon, and Coach Coker on the cover. Please take care of yourself, Chris. We miss you a lot. (We will bring you flowers so keep your eyes open).