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In memory of Christopher Miele

Created by Family Of Christopher Miele

Christopher Miele

Chris was my only child, and my best friend for many many years. Chris had a heart of gold, and was super loyal to friends and family. He loved with a deep passion and a wise old soul.He carried the weight of the world on his broad shoulders yet he was always there when anyone needed him. With a compassionate ear and an awesome sense of humor Chris could get anyone in a better mood.I was only 17 when I gave birth to Chris, we grew up together, and struggled a LOT, but we always made it work somehow, and never gave up. We made the best with what we had, and he truly knew how to appreciate the simple things in life.Around the age of 17 Chris began to change, life was a constant battle for him at every turn. In high school, Chris turned to weed as an escape from the demons in his head-self medicating for depression, anger issues, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. At the age of 18 Chris was living on his own near the outskirts of DC, working a landscaping job, supporting a non-working girlfriend, and selling weed on the side to pay his and her bills. They were an interracial couple in a wealthy area and problems arose. Their apartment was robbed, girlfriend possibly raped, a confrontation was planned, perhaps a set-up...There was Chris, the girlfriend, an anonymous guy, a baseball bat, a kitchen knife, and the guy that used it to kill my son. Of all places, he was stabbed in his heart and left this earth on July 21, 2003.There is MUCH to the story I will never know, and can only speculate about. I try to accept it is not for me to know, not now anyhow.It has taken me 4 years to be able to use the word "stab", 3 years to not go into PTSD reactions at using a knife, catching a glimpse of a stabbing on tv, and just talking about it.It's hard to sum up the last 4 years and how it's been for me without Chris. I have changed so much since then... Needless to say, his death destroyed me for the major part of 3 years. Chris has continued to be a part of my life in many ways. Through honoring him I learn to walk this journey day by day, with other grieving parents on their own journey through the loss of a child.I think most parents struggle with guilt and feel they could have, should have done more, and maybe their child would have been spared. I am one of those parents. My passion and future now lies in making my son proud, by helping other grieving parents. Chris has led me on this journey, until we meet again.

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Guest Book


1. Chris's Mama, Cherri
I miss my son SOOOOOO MUCH
2. Megan Fritz
I am so sorry for your loss, Cherri. Chris sounds like a wonderful person.
3. Cherri
Thank you
4. Cherri
I don't even remember writing this. .... I'm shocked I gave as much detail as I did, in this post. I'll never understand why people ask for MORE details when I say that my son was murdered. Go watch television if you want the gorey details, and know this, I think it's INCREDIBLY rude to ask such a question. If you're that much of a gossip hound, I'm sure you've found this already. It's been 13 years. .... I'm a survivor but my heart will be broken until my time comes to leave here and reunite with Chris. Losing a child is something a parent NEVER gets over, but we can get through it.
5. Sofia
I'm so sorry for your loss.
6. Pat Aussem
Cherri, My thoughts are with you on the day remembering Chris and what you shared together. Pat
7. Jennifer Lamanac
Hello, I'm so sorry for your loss. I to had my son at 17, and he was my best friend also. My son died on July 21, 2008. I don't know how I'm going to make it without him. He was only 15. He got prescription pills from my mother and overdosed. I didn't even realize that we had a problem with pills. I just felt compelled to write to you, I have no one to confide it that understands what I'm going through. Thank you for reminding me that I'm not the only person who feels so alone in this world.
8. Julie Hollie
Hi Hun, I found the link to Chris's memorial on my site. I am a friend of Louise. I have to say the expression of your words, and the impact of your son's death was very moving to me. I know in my heart what you are doing is a great thing. You are helping so many grieving parents. I have not lost a child, thank the Lord. However, I feel for all of you who have. God bless you all, and thank you for starting the child loss grief site. God bless you, and your family. Hugs, Julie
9. Cherri M
Ashlee, please contact me. I called information and spoke to a few of your family members and left my new number. I also still live in the same house. I would love to hear from you, and see the pictures of you and Chris. I actually have his photo keychain from that dance... I too wish you guys had never broken up because he would still be alive... I miss him so so much.
10. Ashlee Thamert
Chris was my first love and we kept in touch over the years. All of a sudden out of the blue I had this urge to track him down and find him, only to find out he was gone. I called you Cherri and you told me what happened. I was so shocked and felt so bad after hearing your voice; I did not ask too many questions. I cried and cried, then got on the internet and researched and found out what happened and who did it. I still have so many questions like what happened to the low life who did this?
11. Ashlee Thamert
I have some pictures from a dance Chris took me to if you are interested in seeing them. I have his picture up on my mantel where it will always remain. I think of him almost everyday and I only remember all the joy he brought to my life and it tears me up inside because I can not remember why we let each other go. Really I just don't remember, and I will never forgive myself for letting him go.
12. Debra Reagan Clint's Mom
Cherri, I am so sorry for your loss. I have asked myself many of the same questions you have. Chris sounds like he was a wonderful person and fought his battles the best he could. He would be very proud of you. Hugs, Debra Reagan
13. Kelly Durbin
I am so sorry for your loss and so thankful for the good you do.