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.”
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.
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