I am proud to say that Chris Radok was one of my best friends. He was an inspiration to everyone he knew, and helped people his whole life. Chris would invariably go out of his way to help and teach others, often strangers. He never put himself before others. He won the employee of the year award at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel a month before he was murdered. He worked as a photographer at Creative Loafing for two decades, and leaves an incredible legacy of his skillful photographic work. Chris had a strong work ethic and never did anything halfway. I have known Chris since 1977. He was five years older than me, and was like a big brother to me when I was a teenager in Asheville. I miss him, a lot. I live in Oregon now, and could not make it to the court today, but Chris is never far from my mind. I visit with him in my dreams. The gruesome way the Young monster murdered him is so cruel and senseless. I am happy that the Young monster was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. To me, and to Chris, that is worse than the death penalty. Justice has been served upon this Young monster, and will continue to be everyday he lives. Chris, his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers and always will be. R.I.P. brother. You are greatly missed by hundreds of people, but most especially by me. We will never forget. ♥
Chris was a good friend and inspiration to me and all who knew him. I miss him greatly.
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