At Skate Park, Friends Gather for Chris Mulligan

Thoughts from some friends of the 18-year-old Newtown resident who passed away Wednesday.


One day after 18-year-old Chris Mulligan passed away in a tragic incident on Route 25, friends gathered to remember him in the skate park at Dickinson.

A release sent to the community suggested residents come out to support, bringing baked goods and coffee. "We can't change the past but we CAN impact the way we act in the future. Choose to act with kindness instead of hate," said the release. The gathering, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., drew dozens from around the community.

As the sun set Thursday evening, a group of those who had known him huddled in the cold and shared their memories of Chris. They described him as a writer, a thinker and a friend.


Some words from some of his friends:

Kyle Robertson: "There were a few people who really took the time to know him -- like everybody here, and a few other people that went to school with him … If you ever took five minutes to just sit down and talk with him and get to know him, you'd realize he was a nice, funny kid."

Chris Daly: "He was a nice kid that welcomed everybody into his life. He was really friendly … He was my boy."

Faith Pereira: "It didn't matter who you were, or all the **** you did to him. He would go up to you and hug you and call you his best friend, no matter what.  Because he cares about everybody. He's so selfless." 

Zach Michalek: "I was always talking to him on Facebook. I never got to see him, but whenever he was here I always took the time to tell him that everything was eventually going to get better for him."

Emily Radatovich: "He had a lot of writer potential. He knew a lot with his words. He was really deep and knew a lot about books, even though it seemed like he wouldn't."

Hannah Ahmaritour: "If you actually talked to him, you could tell he was an absolute genius."

Andie Ruzziero: "No one actually took the time to get to know him … It took him dying for people to give him a chance. People who never even talked to him talked about how they used to judge him and they feel guilty because he's gone and they missed out."

Luke Sherwood: "Chris, I just wanna say, man … Wherever you are now, in the afterlife, I'm thinking about you … I knew you were a really good person, and you had potential to be a great person. Wherever you are, man, I'm thinking about you. Best of luck to you. And I hope you're going to make it out alright."

Erin November 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM
So touching to see our younger community coming together in this tragedy to reflect, respect, and contemplate. Sending my love to all of you. RIP Chris.
geri November 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
This whole situation has touched me. Sadly, young people dying so tragically affects every generation and makes me remember the losses of my youth. I hear there were terrible comments made here on the patch by adults [an adult], which is indicative of the blinders we parents and adults often wear. I hope Chris realized that there were adults that cared. Keep Kick Flipping Chris!
DOR November 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
It is touching, and I'm glad they remembered him on such a way. I would also like if if they didn't gather after dark, on side of the road at the site of the accident, after dark! Ahhh youth.....
Mary Thomas November 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This is a shocking tragedy that a young life is gone in an instant in such a violent way. The young people gathering to mourn their friend is touching, and reminds me of many such occasions that have occurred in Newtown over the years. Please please please everyone, of all ages, share a prayer for Chris and his family, and take care of yourselves, this community cares for all...
Bob Attanasio November 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The kids got it right... a perfect tribute
Stephanie Martinez November 30, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I am very impressed with the young people in this community. Less so with some adults but lets just hope that they reconsider their judgement. Our condolences to the Mulligan family for their tragic loss. To the young people of Newtown: I believe there is no greater tribute to a friend than to take care of your own health, both body and mind, and to make good choices so that your parents never have to worry about you.
Cathy November 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM
well said ...
Carrie Bashak November 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I did not know Chris, but my son did from School...he had a personal interaction with him during a project and said he was a good person. I am so saddened for this tremendous loss of a young life. Two parents lost a son, and a young man was robbed of his future. Rest in peace, Chris.


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