February 19, 1996
January 28, 2016
Age at Death:
Christopher Kalonji was born in Israel, in the city of Nahariya, to loving parents, Irene and Antoine (Tony). Irene and Tony were both born in the Ukraine. Christopher had one older brother named Joe. The family migrated to the U.S. when Christopher was 6 and they lived in Oak Grove, Oregon. Christopher was proud of his ancestry, of his name, he was proud to be born in Israel and to be Jewish. He wore his hair in a big natural afro. He was well-liked and he liked himself. He had a lot of friends from his hometown and from high school who loved him dearly.
Nineteen year old Christopher was in a mental health crisis from PTSD and needed help. He called 911 himself, requesting medical assistance, but instead of getting help, the police arrived and separated his family and friends from him, escalating the situation. Christopher was shot by police in his home. Police claimed Christopher had an assault style weapon, but the family disputes this claim.
Was justice served?
No, justice has not been served. Christopher's death was ruled a suicide and officers were not charged with a crime.