Chris Newsom, Channon Christian remembered 13 years after their murders
Gary Christian and his motorcycle club, the Shepards RC, held their annual memorial service marking the 13th year since
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but this year the ceremony was held at the memorial located on Chipman Street, where Channon and Chris were killed on January 7, 2007.
"I feel a lot of things, relief not so much, but I got my peace back. I got my joy back and I have a lot of brothers and sisters that have had similar experiences," said Gary Christian, Channon's father. "We're changing every day."
This year's ceremony was held Sunday, January 5, 2020, so that the working members of the club could attend.
"Never have I ever thought about being apart of any kind of club, but when this happened- and I remember vividly watching the trials, It's just something that I felt obligated to be apart of," said Vice President of the Shepards, Robert Davis. "I know Channon has a huge heart and you can see that through her father. "
The memorial service consisted of prayers from club members, thoughts from Gary Christian and concluded with a balloon release.