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9-Year-Old Dies While Delivering Cookies To His Friend

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

On Oct. 23, Christopher Chester was walking down the street to his friend’s home in their Sandown, New Hampshire, when he suddenly died.

The 9-year-old fourth grader from Sandown North Elementary School was bringing cookies he baked to his friend. “He tripped or fell on the way there,” William Chester, Christopher’s father, said in a statement. “I asked him to get up and he didn’t. When I (tried) to help him up, he was lifeless. I tried to wake him up and he wouldn’t wake up. I ran to get my truck and put him in it and called 911.”

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William performed CPR on his son and paramedics were able to restart his heart, but he died, Union-Leader reported. 

The cause of Christopher’s death hasn’t been revealed. 

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Friends started an online fundraiser for Christopher’s funeral expenses and in four days, the campaign has raised more than $29,000, although the goal was $10,000.

“I had to say goodbye to my best friend. He was going to be 10 years old next month,” William wrote in tribute to his son. 

“This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. This is the saddest day of my life. He was such a great kid. He had such a heart of gold. Heaven just received the best angel that they will ever see. I love you so much Christopher. I miss you so much. I don't know what to do without you." 

According to his obituary, Christopher loved his dog Jethro and the outdoors.

“He was a very sweet and loving boy. He did his best in school,” said school Principal Jo-Ann Georgian.

Sources: Union-Leader, GoFundMe, Obituary of Christopher Chester/Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home Image via GoFundMe