Shooting victim, Chris Mass, laid to rest

Shooting victim, Chris Mass, laid to rest

TYLER (KYTX) - The man shot and killed at the Broadway Square Mall a week ago is laid to rest Saturday.

23-year-old Chris Mass was shot to death after his friend got into an argument with another man over a tweet sent on the social networking site Twitter.

CBS 19 had the only camera there at the service Saturday, as hundreds packed into the chapel at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler to say goodbye.

The pastor's words rang throughout the room as he asked that the service be one of celebration, not of sadness.

"We're not here because Chris died. We're here because Chris lived."

Chris Mass's family sat up front, holding each other, listening to community members' heartfelt words.

A member of North Tenneha Church of Christ spoke on behalf of Mass's family.

"Anyone who knew Chris knew that he had a caring heart and a willingness to help others. His family talked about his smile and his fun sense of humor, but they also spoke about the time he spent teaching and guiding his 4-year-old daughter Chrislyn. That special time will be truly missed, but treasured."

Chrislyn sat clinging to her mother, in front of a coffin draped with jerseys and a letterman's jacket.  Chris was known all over the region for his talent as a star football and basketball player.

"I've known Chris since we were 5 years old. SInce we played with the Tyler Trailblazers and several other teams," said Mass's close friend and teammate Roman Tucker. "We went to state together on the state basketball team in 2007. First time in school history."

Tucker says he'll never forget Mass's positivity.

"Incredible football player, basketball player, incredible friend, motivator," he said.

As a token of appreciation, Tucker and his friend Jafar Brown presented signed basketballs to Mass's family.

"Everyone on the team is signing the basketball as well as everybody that played with him," Tucker said.

He hopes it will serve as a reminder of how much Mass meant to those around him.

A fund has been set up for Chris Mass's family at Cooperative Teacher's Credit Union.


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