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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9898

April 19, 2004
CONTACT: Dennis O'Shea
443-287-9960 | 410-493-0726 (cell)

Statement of Christopher Elser's Family

Christopher's death is a terrible loss for all of us. He accomplished all he could in the time he had, but he had so much more to do and to give.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past few days, especially those who knew and loved Chris, and whom we have come to know and love in a very short period of time.

We also want to thank those we have not met, but whom we know have been praying for us and for Chris.

So many people gave so much of themselves in an effort to save Chris' life. The fraternity brother who answered Chris' call for help, the paramedics, the surgeons and all the staff at Shock Trauma.

We also want to thank The Johns Hopkins University, its administrators and staff, who have been a great source of support to us. Thanks to the many police officers involved in the investigation.

It was wonderfully gratifying to see all Chris' friends who came to the hospital Sunday to say their goodbyes. We want to thank each of you and the staff at Shock Trauma who did so much to make that possible.

When there was nothing more that could be done, the hospital helped us to mark the end of Chris' life with grace and dignity.

In short, everyone we have encountered since this tragedy occurred has given their heart and soul to either trying to save his life or to helping us through this ordeal.

We want to be very clear about one thing: The attack on Chris was a completely senseless act. There is one, and only one, person responsible for it.

Finally, to Chris' friends: Remember him. Always take Christopher with you as you go through life, and live full, happy and productive lives.

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