Chris is a 10-year-old boy who is currently paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a stray bullet while attending a piano lesson on January 10th, 2008. Chris and his family face a difficult road ahead, and will need all the support and donations you can give. This blog is dedicated to keeping the public informed about how to help.

Monday, January 14, 2008

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The Rodriguez family appreciates the messages of support being left on this site. To leave a message in this "guest book", please scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the "Post a comment" link. If you'd prefer to send a private message, feel free to send an e-mail to .


Veronica said...

Chris and Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez and family, I hope the best for you all.

Although your futures now are not what you thought just days ago, never forget that Chris, you are still able to have a great future and and fulfilling life. This incident changes the way you will achieve your goals and how you will live your life, but it did not take away your ability to do so. From what I have read, it sounds like you are a wonderful kid with a really bright future ahead of you and this doesn't change that. You are still a wonderful kid with a great future!

It would be my wish to take away all the pain and confusion you are experiencing. Never before have I felt genuine love and concern for people I have never even met. Chris, know that you and your family have touched the lives of so many people and that there are people who you will never meet or probably even hear of that love you and wish the best in life for you and are thinking of you as you go through these difficult times.

With great admiration for your strength and positive perspective, I truly hope that you overcome these challenges and the difficult times that face you to find that your life is still to be lived, and your future is still bright.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher and family, You are being so strong!! And you should be proud of yourselves! Please keep doing the best you can and never give up your love of music. Music is so important in life. We want to support you in whatever way we can to help you maintain a positive attitude and a good life. We think music can always help!

You are an amazing 10 year old!! And family, of course!
Phil and Kathleen Creger

porsue said...

May All Of You Find Your Strenth..In The Lord..God Is Real..He Will Help You and Your Family. What A Terrible and Horrible Thing To Happen..Money Is The Root of All Evil..My Heart Goes Out To You.

From Clearlake, CA.

Claudia said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez,
My prayers have been with, Christopher and your entire family since reading about your story in
the San Diego Union.

As President of Ability Center and more importantly, mother of two sons, I want to offer you help and assistance in obtaining an accessible van and providing a mentor for him during his recovery time.

Please give me a call or drop me an email, if and when I can be of any help.

My heart and prayers will be with you on a daily basis. God will be reaching out to help Christopher recover and provide him with a fulfilling future.

My phone number is 858 300-1462 or email is

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris and family,
We are praying for you, and sending a little something for your family fund raising. We know it is a hard time for you right now, but we know God is already puting in place many blessings now and in your future. Our son is ten too, and also loves music (he plays the sax), so when we heard about you, it really touched our hearts. Chris, we pray the very best for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

just want you to know that I am praying for all of you. I pray that God gives you the strength that you will need in days to come. I am also praying for a miracle. I pray that Chris knows his situation doesn't define who he is now or what he will become in the future. Know that there are a lot of people out here who have never met you, but send you their love and support


an elementary teacher said...

Stay strong and know that your family, friends, and community are all sending healing thoughts to you.
I admire your love of learning and hope that you continue your love of music.
Take care.

Friends of the Family said...

Claudia, thank you very much. We have passed your offer of help to Chris's family.

dndirector said...

Hi, Christopher and family,

We here at Duck's Nest Preschool have been thinking so much about you, and send you all of our love and positive thoughts. We have started a fund to help your family. Take care and we would love a visit when you're feeling better!

Anonymous said...

To Christopher & Family,
My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you! Keep the faith and be strong! Never give up! May God Bless You all.

Anonymous said...

Chris and Mr & Mrs. Rodriguez,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know from personal experience that you can just take one day at a time and ask God for strength and courage.
I live and work in the East Bay and would be most happy to help in any way--if you need someone to sit with Chris, do errands as time goes on...let me know. My email address is

Anonymous said...

Rodriguez Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We know that you have the strength to make it.

The Blackwell Family, Union City

Anonymous said...

christopher and family,

i understand you are all going through a hard time right now, but know that you are in all our prayers, and we all want you to get better.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris: you don't know us, but there are lots of us out here sending you our best wishes and heartfelt love.

Friend said...

Hi Jennifer, Richard and Chris,

You all have been in our hearts and our thoughts non-stop since we learned of the terrible incident. Jesse really misses Chris and is so concerned.

We are participating in all Crocker activities and hope to visit as soon as Chris is up to it.

Keep being strong for Chris. He's so lucky to have such caring, loving parents who will support him through this. He also has a loving and supportive group of friends waiting to help him.

Please let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do.

Judy and Jesse

jdegabe said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez,
I can't stop thinking about Chris and would like to do something to help. I teach second grade and have a therapy dog that comes to my classroom almost every day. She brings comfort and smiles to everyone she meets. Her name is Flora and she received her certification through the Marin Humane Society. She is a Havanese and will be two years old in April.
Let me know if you are interested in having Flora visit Chris and we can set up a time.
Mrs. DeGabriele

Anonymous said...

I read an article about you in the Chronicle a few days ago. Words can't express the sorrow I feel for you and your family. It's hard to find anything positive to say. I hope this wakes people up and moves them to take action against the crime and poverty we're facing today.
I'm wishing for a miracle. You sound like such a sweet young boy and you are lucky to have such a loving family.
For what it's worth, you have touched the lives of so many people. I hesitate to say turn this into a positive, but you could possible turn this into something positive and when you're able, you can travel around the country speaking out against violence.
You are in my and my family's prayers.

Anonymous said...

Mike, Alan, Tom and Peggy send you best wishes and hopes for a full and speedy recovery. Christopher, you seem like the kind of boy that can meet ANY challenge. We will be praying for you! Good luck to you and God Bless You!

Anonymous said...

Mike (from the comment above), i hope that you are doing better. I wish that that one bullet would not have been able to hit you. Stay strong!! Maybe this happened so that you would be able to focus on a new chapter of your life. Explore! you never know what will happen in this world. And if all of my experiences have taught me anything, they have taught me to keep on living.

When i was younger (im only 16), i used to watch a movie called "Auntie Mame" and the two lines that i remember most today, and i use all the time, are "live live live" and "life is a banquet and some poor suckers are starving out there."

I think you have just found the entrees my friend.

Take it easy and get lots of rest!
<(+_+<) (>+_+)> <(+_+<) (>+_+)> <(+_+<)

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris and Family,
We have been praying for you all the while. We can already see the miracles happening all around you. May these miracles strengthen all of you. My son Samuel who was a student at Crocker last year remembers you well Chris as the nice boy that always said hello when we would see you in the neighborhood.
Sending blessings your way,
Lydia, Jerry, Clare ,Sam, Max and Henry Deck

Anonymous said...

You are a trooper!

The Rodriguez family,
I was saddened to hear about Christopher and the challenges you have ahead.

I thought about contacting the tv show Extreme Home Makeovers (ABC) about Chris's incident. They have done wonders for 100+ families. There is an application form but I couldn't fill in the information.

Please..when you have the time, look into it. Or have someone close to you assist you.

The community has shown their love for Chris. I'm sure we would have no problems yelling,"Move that bus!"

You are always in our thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Dear Rodriguez Family,
I think about you all everyday and invoke the Secret to be sure that Chris will have a tremendously successful recovery. I admire your strength and great love to endure this horrible event. You also have the love and support of your community so I hope that if there is anything I/we can do, please let me know.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leslie Francis

Anonymous said...

Chris and family, May the God we serve continue to comfort and strengthen you. I just want you to know that your family in New Bedford is praying for you. May God guide you in everything that you do.
Cousin Joe

KennyKen said...

From the son of Maria Groebe: I wish you luck and a speedy recovery, I'm letting locals know about your story. Ken Ramos of New Bedford, MA

Randy said...

Dearest Jennifer, Richard & Christopher,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue on your journey. Imagine this challenge as a pebble placed on your path. Move gently around it and continue along your road to happiness and fulfillment.

Always strive to keep a positive frame of mind. Our realities are a reflection of our own thoughts and feelings in very moment of every day.

Christopher, make long lists of the hundreds and hundreds of wonderful things about you, and of the great, rewarding life ahead of you. Keep adding to it every day. Know that you are perfect in everyway. Know that you are worthy and deserving of anything and everything you could possibly want in your life.

Jennifer & Richard, surround your family in the knowledge that love, compassion and caring are being sent to each of you from family, friends, and even strangers.

May you always walk in the light of peace and harmony. May you remain healthy, wealthy and prosperous in every way.

Randahl Teixeira-Ramos
El Sobrante, CA

Anonymous said...

We would like to support you and donate money to your family for our 13th birthday bash! It's gonna be off the heezy! Hope you get well and your health continues to improve!

Best Wishes-

Alyson, Jessica, and Emily

Carolyn said...

We have 2 brand new stairlifts (seats to get up and down stairs) that were going to be installed in our parents' home, but that they will no longer need. Our father wants to know if you could use them for Chris, and, if so, how we can get in touch with you to give them to you. Maybe this will help so you don't have to move. Please contact us via email:

Carolyn and Jackie for Jack and Nina.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
We are thinking about you. Love ,Erica
We miss you Chris and we want you back. Love ,Matthew

Jennifer and Richard,
We are praying for you and family. Chris is a great kid with a fighting spirit which will pull him thru this experience.

We miss you and send you love, prayers, healing and strength.

(Matthew and Erica will come and visit as soon as you say it's ok.)


Tom said...

To Chris and your family -

All of us at Mr. Handyman of the Bay Area wish you a speedy recovery. Our hearts are with you through this painful event and recovery.

To help your speedy and safe recovery at home we would like to see what we can do to prepare the home for your return.

Please have your parents contact Tom Shedore at 415-720-4846, or


Anonymous said...

To The Rodriguez Family,

God give you the strength and courage throughout this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Jackson & The Brito Family
(the New Bedford Neighbors)

Anonymous said...

Having heard via Paul, my thoughts are with you. Will be in touch via Claudia / Paul, may be in the Bay Area this weekend Jan 26th for a day. Vinny

Ron said...

Dear Chris,
I am a paralyzed man (since 2001) so I have some understanding of what you are going through now. I am also the Executive Director of Ophoenix, a charitable organization that provides technology to help disabled people.
We can provide you with a laptop computer and a wireless internet connection that will work from your hospital room. If you're interested, please contact me at 650 339-3395 or . To see an online TV news story about another patient we recently helped, check out

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Warmest regards,

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez, I hope Chris is getting healthier and stronger every day.

I just read about a man who was paralyzed in a crash and told he'd never walk again. He has a wonderful inspiring story and did regain the ability to walk. I wanted to pass on the website...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers for Chris.

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Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Janae' and I am an eighth grade student at Berrendos middle school in Red Bluff CA. My classmates an I think that it is absolutely amazing how you all are dealing with this. I don't know if I could be nearly as strong as you if I was in this situation. We are all truely inspired! When we heard about what happened to Christopher we immediately wanted to help! We will do anything that we possibly can to make this situation any easier for you. It would be highly appriciate it if you would contact our school at ( 530 ) 527-6700. Your story has touched and moved thosands of families and people all across America. But then, how could one not be. When people see that through all of this you, as a family have grown closer and made it through this ordeal they believe that whatever their problems are in their lives it can be solved if they love and are loved. I know that you have a tough road ahead of you, but I have absolutely no doubts in my mind that you will make it through. You have all of our support and admiraton. Thank You!

Anonymous said...

It is so difficult to understand the random nature of life and to try to contemplate how such tragedies occur but I will certainly pray for Christopher and send a donation. All that we can only do is to send our prayers and hope to the family.

Christin Cooper said...

Hi Chris, Jennifer, and Richard:
We have been, and will continue to, pray for all of you.
Maya's Sunday School class wants to know if there is anything they can do for you.
I know a lot of people who would love to send you food. Please let us know.
Christin, Glenn, Maya, & Seth Cooper

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris,

I am continuing to pray for a miraculous full recovery, stay strong

llarcat said...

Hi Chris! Larry here at the Mojo Lounge in Fremont. Things are looking real good for your benefit here on Sunday. Your Mom says its o.k. to decorate your room. Thats great! Tell us what ou like so we can start getting some goodies together for you. God Bless you buddy-your friends at Mojos.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Much Luv and healing energy surround you. L Whyte B in RI

Anonymous said...

Just by looking at your photograph, you appear to me to be a special person. I realize that you and your family are going through a test of your strength and faith. There will be challenges ahead, but I pray that you will find comfort from your family and friends when you strive to recover. I send my deepest encouragement. I have a feeling that your future life will be worthwhile for you and those around you.

Linda said...

Chris and family,

I'm so sorry this happened to you. I want to make sure you know that if you become a wheelchair user you can still play basketball and participate in other sports. There's a great organization based in Berkeley called Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP). They have several great wheelchair basketball teams, two power soccer teams, and sponsor other sports and trips -- for example up to the adaptive ski school in Tahoe which teaches people with disabilities to ski. If you're into horseback riding, there's a great riding program for kids with disabilities located in Orinda, called Xenophon. If you're into swimming, there's a wonderful adaptive swim program called SNAP that has classes at the Berkeley YMCA downtown. When you're ready to get back into sports -- there's lots of opportunities for fun, competition, community, and/or exercise. Lots of great people and community involved in all of these. I wish you the best.

American Family Charity said...

We at American Family Charity have a nice van conversion with an operational full-size wheel lift and other needed amenities we would like to donate to Chris and his family, if needed. It's a full size van that runs great and is very nice inside! If you are interested, please call American Family Charity at 408-448-4282.

Pirats MC said...

The Piratas Motorcycle Club would like to hold a Benefit for Chris in May, with permission from the Rodriguez family. We want to do something to help so please let us know if we have your blessing.


Thanks and God Bless,

-Piratas MC

D Hoggin said...

Dear Rodriguez Family,

My Name is Donnie Robinson, I'm the President of Kings of Cali Motorcycle club we are getting donation to help Christopher and the family and do realize that you have a place where we can send donations, but we having a Bike Run with other motorcycle clubs for Christopher and would like to present the check to you in person, which will be after the run when everyone will meet,if this is possible please call Charles Canady (Sir Charles) at 510-593-0050 or leave a message on the Divas 2 Die 4 SMC website guestbook at so we can coordinate according to your availability. Sincerly, Donnie Robinson.

Anonymous said...

I would like to make a donation but I prefer to send a check. Is there an address where I can do so? If so, please post it on the blog site. You can also email me:


Anonymous said...

As the mother and aunt of two people with spinal cord injuries, my heart goes out to the Rodriguez family. I know that there are many adjustments and changes in all of your lives as a result of this tragedy. But I also know that Chris can go on to live a full and active life,and even to continue to make music and participate in sports.

I've read in newspaper reports that the Rodriguez family will have to move and to buy a converted van. I'd like to suggest alternatives that may be less expensive.

If you don't live in a hilly area, there are ways of getting around using steps. I have a ramp for my daughter, and her father, whose house has more steps, installed a lift. We are in a two story house, and did some remodeling so that we would have a bedroom and full bathroom on the first floor for my daughter.

As for the van, neither my daughter (quadriplegic) nor my nephew (paraplegic) has needed one. With help, my daughter can slide into the passenger seat of our car. My nephew can transfer himself and put his wheelchair in the back, and as an adult has bought a standard sedan outfitted with hand controls, so he can also drive.

I'm sure that the occupational therapists in Christopher's program can make other helpful suggestions.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jennifer and family,
Just recognizing that this tragic story involved a known person from the Montclarion photo. My heart has ached for your son since that tragic day, and I will continue to hold you all in my prayers for healing. No doubt the outpouring of love will continue to surround him with courage and strength. I know your loss is deep and personal, and I hope your faith and his progress brings some small comfort. Should our paths cross, I will be honored to listen, assist and advocate for you. With love,
Marsha Blachman, LCSW
High Risk Case Manager/Kaiser

Anonymous said...

With such a loving family you will have a full and wonderful life. Best wishes from our family to you.
The McCarthys

Mark Anderson said...

To Christopher and the Rodriquez Family,
On behalf of the students and teachers at our music academy in Pleasanton, we want to wish you, Christopher, the best that life has to offer you now. You deserve the very best in miracles! As we read and hear of your positive outlook and spirits in the face of this senseless tragedy, we should all be empowered by your resilience and ability to overcome that which attempts to bring you down. Chris, you are a much stronger person today than you have ever been - and this strength will only continue to grow to meet and conquer the challenges that lie ahead. You are not alone - we must all come together to help one another face these challenges and this network of strength is what will help you as you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the saddle. Great things are in store for you.
Mark Anderson
Anderson-Siprashvili Music Academy
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Anonymous said...

When you have the opportunity, I would like to recommend contacting Mark Zupan for words of motivation and inspiration on living a full life with paralysis. Stay strong.

Anonymous said...

Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez and family,
My prays are with you. I was deeply sadden to here about your son Chris. My company would like to help. We are in the Credit Card and Gift Card Business we would like to produce a gift card honoring your son Chris and donate all the profits from the gift card to help pay for your son's medical bills. May God Be With You And Your Family During these Difficult Time.

If you are interested Please Call Mr. Baldwin at 323 296-7624

Fridley said...

Please, by all means possible, keep mental health people as far away from your son. They will label him mentally ill and have him on all types of deadly drugs.
Just say no thanks to him and love him

Katie Beck said...

Great advice Fridley. I never thought about how they will destroy whatever life the child has left by drugging him. They do that to all foster and state ward children. Keep life as normal as possible and NO MENTAL DRUGS, or you will be sorry in the future.
Kattie Beck

Carol said...

To Chris and his family,

I cannot tell you how sorry I am that this has happened to you. I can tell that you are a kind, sweet and bright person, and I am sure you will find your way through this. I will pray for you and know that you have the prayers of so many people who have been touched by your bravery.

Don't stop playing the piano, Chris! Music is a wonderful healer and it will bring you much joy for the rest of your life. God be with you all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris, I have followed your story, and I wish I could say something to make it go away. I am a parent and your courage is really uplifting, hang in there buddy. There are millions of people out here who want you to know we care.

Cindy, your friend said...

Keep on playing the piano, the show must go on.

Victoria said...

Hi Chris,

I'm just writing to let you and your family know that I'm thinking of you and sending my thoughts of healing, peace, love, prosperity and joy your way.

God bless,


Anonymous said...

Chris and the Rogriguez family my heart goes out to you. I know what you are going through. In June of 2007, my 10 year old niece was accidently shot and is paralyzed from the waist down. Kariel is her name and she would like to help Chris. Would it be possible to get an email address for him? Kariel has a website at An email address can be sent to
Carol Nelson

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris and family:

We'd like to make a small donation to help in some way. I don't know if you remember my daughter Carly from Crocker and Lakeshore but she says hi. You are in our prayers buddy.

Marla Rosen said...

Hi Christopher & Family. My name is Marla Rosen and I am a therapist with Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay. I think of you all everyday and was wondering if Christopher would like some new storybooks. I have both Spanish & English and wonder if some reading might help pass the time while you heal. Please let me know if/where I can send them. I am at

Int'ly acclaimed music educator said...

Dear Christopher, dear Mrs. and Mr. Rodriguez,

I became heartbroken when I learned about all the pain and suffering that you must endure. May all the voices of compassion that are asking for his speedy recovery be heard.

I came across this link that must be explored as soon as possible and without any delay, if you have not done so already: I believe in miracles!

I know in my heart that Christopher’s music will continue touching many hearts in the near future and in the times to come.

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Anonymous said...

Christopher I pray for you every week when I light my sabbath candles, that the Almighty should give you a complete healing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris and family,

I am a preschool teacher and I had heard about your circumstances on the news. I have a friend that is an educator too. She was collecting cards to send to you at the hospital and I was unable to get mine to her in time for the delivery.
I am sending my positive thoughts of a good recovery your way and wish the best outcome for you and your family.

Angela said...

Dear Chris and Mrs. and Mr. Rodriguez and family, we are praying all the time and reading Psalms scriptures for your speedy recovery.

Hi Chris, I'm Courtney's mom. I actually work for Kaiser in Oakland like your mom. I was so happy when Courtney said she came to visit you in the hospital after volunteering with Ayinde and his mom at the Chapel of Chimes for the fundraiser, because she told me you were up cracking jokes with them and had a great sense of humor. Courtney told me she really enjoyed visiting with you and that you both had a good time. It's so good to hear your spirits are uplifted. You are doing an awesome job and you have a wonderful family. When you're feeling better, please continue to play the piano. Music is so essential to life and we know you're very good at it! Me and my family will continue to pray for all of you... all the time. May God Bless and Keep you always!
Your friends Angela, Courtney & Andrea--Oakland, CA

Anonymous said...

Dear Christopher,

I have an 11-year-old son who plays the alto and tenor saxophones, and like you, so well loved by his community. So when we heard your story, my whole family's heart and soul turned to your family with healing thoughts and prayers.

You are an amazing young man, and your Mom and Dad incredibly strong. May you continue to heal, grow, and "thrive"! Your future will be as bright as is the twinkle in your eyes.

All my best regards,

Shelley Ash, MPH
Senior Health Educator
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Anonymous said...

Mr. and Ms.Rodriguez, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and to your family. I am a KP employee who lost 2 grandchildren in a terrible accident late last year. My one remaining grandchild is now paraplegic. He is 11 years old. Jordan misses his brothers terribly however he has found new hope and activity through a wonderful program called Bay Area Outreach Program. It is a youth activity league for children in the bay area. We are leaving for Atlanta for a "wheelchair basketball" tournament tomorrow. We are also involved in the "hand-cycling" group. We have come to know all of the other children and families involved in his age group 8-14. It is a great support system for families.. Jordan began the program 3 months after he left Childrens Hospital following a 4+month stay .. I have thought of contacting you as a fellow KP employee however I wish to respect your privacy. Please feel free to contact me at my residence e-mail Warm Regards, Diane

Anonymous said...

On February 20 I circulated fliers for fundraising support for Chris at the Boston University event in San Francisco. Jennifer was acknowledged as Chris's mother and also being a Boston U graduate.
Shortly after the fliers were presented an alumni submitted a check for $1,000.
Love and blessings.
Carol Fink, Boston Alum

Anonymous said...

Jennifer -
I just learned that Christopher is your son. I am stunned. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Bari Cornet

Anonymous said...

When I read about what happened to you it really made me feel very sad but I can see from all that has been written about you and your family that you are very strong and talented boy with a wonderful family. You are going to get through this, I predict you are going to be very successful in life.
One of your fans, Mountain View CA

Raul Pedraza said...


I am a T8 paraplegic after suffering a 32' fall. I have a couple friends who also became paralyzed after being shot. I am from Miami and know the project well but also recommend Project Walk I have a home in Napa and would love to come by and mentor you and teach you some of the ropes about your new life. I can be contacted at 786) 417-0900 You are young and have a great future regardless of this tragedy. Godspeed.

p.s. Making a donation to your cause as well.

Un fuerte abrazo,

Raul Pedraza

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don't give up hope even on the tough days. I hope you find patches of peace.

From Jennifer, a fellow MSW/PhD student at UCB

Anonymous said...

Christopher, you are an amazing young man!..I felt a mother's pride when I hear and read about how positive you you should be!!!
Remember, anything is possible in life!!!
There are confused people in this world who do bad things and they need help to be better people. I'm sorry that you were injured, but I know that you will heal and go on to do amazing things with your life!

Tell your parents about the Miami project. I used to live there and did several stories on the spine clinic is amazing and something that I hope you are able to visit.

Much love and well being!
You are a fantastic young man.

The Patchin Family

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris! Your story has reached fellow musicians the world over! We are sorry to learn of your injuries and sincerely hope and pray for a quick recovery. All the best!
Melodie and Trevor
Piano Teachers from Ontario, Canada

Anonymous said...

Although I have never met you, I am touched by your story. I live down the street from where this occured (actually just moved here). I just hope you know that many things are said to be impossible, yet people find a way. And with the amount of love, thoughts and support surrounding will find a way. My enery is with you. I know you can fight the good fight. From what I have read about are extremely gifted in many ways; I am sure you will show everyone up. Love and thoughts, Noel
Oakland, CA

Anonymous said...

Dear Rodriquez Family,

I am so sorry about what happened to Chris. Chris, may God bless you with strength and focus to work through the pain. You will have your life back.

If possible, I would like to speak with the family directly about getting involved with a project that I am heading that may help raise more funding for Chris's recovery. Is there an email address available where I can send my inquiry?

John Chapple said...

May the Lord Jesus Keep you and Make his Face shine upon you and give you Grace! I would like to extend my Gospel Rap Ministr Services unto you and your Family. PLEASE review or for more on me and What GOD has me doing! Also remember PSALM 121 "From Whence comes our Help"

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris, Mr. Rodriguez, and Mr. Rodriguez,

As Bay Area Technology School, we hope you are getting better. We are sending you all of our loves. We have started a fund to help your family.

You will always in our thoughts!

Sumeyra Avsar
Math Teacher

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Gary J. said...

I read the news today that Chris will be getting out of the hospital soon. That was great to hear. Chris is a marvelous person and an example of God working through him in a troubled world. I have prayed for Chris' full recovery from the beginning, and I will continue praying for him everyday. He is the kind of person the world needs more of and so are his wonderful loving and forgiving parents. Let's keep working for the good of all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris, I've been following your story ever since it was first reported here in Florida and I am so happy to hear how well you're doing.

You sound like such a wonderful person, with a great heart and spirit, that I know you will suceed and be truly happy in life. With your determination and great attitude I know that you will be able to accomplish anything you put your mind to.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

PS. I love that you've already learned to do a wheelie in your chair!

Colette, San Francisco, CA said...

Hello to Chris and Family,
I am an intern at a local new station in the bay area and this was one of the first stories in which grabbed my heart from the second I walked into the newsroom. I've been following your recovery and I know your family must be so blessed to have such a strong willed young man in their family. You are a hero to many and many people hold your recovery close within their prayers.

For what may seem like a rough road ahead, your whole life is ahead of you and I have no doubts that it will be filled with a magnitude of accomplisments and happiness.

I wish you and your family an amazing and joyous return home.
Bless you all.

Nadia said...

Hi Christopher,
I know that what you've been through is incredibly tough. By the look of your photos I see that you are also incredibly tough and that you have what it takes to overcome this obstacle and come out a winner. I'd like to invite you and your parents to attend the NWBA Western Regional Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on March 15-16, 2008
Hosted by: The Golden State Road Warriors
San Jose State University’s Spartan Complex Gym.

Please be our guest, along with your parents to see first hand what remarkable things people can do!
You can contact me at for more details.

Oh, by the way, my son is 13 years old and he plays wheelchair basketball too! Check out WOF (Wheels on Fire) in San Jose, CA at the Camden Community Center on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To Christopher's friends, please make sure this information gets to Christopher and his family.

All the best to you and your family, Stay strong,
Nadia Rodriguez

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris;
My family and I were deeply touched by your story as we heard it on the radio the awful night. I never stopped thinking about you, your strength and the will you have to fight for your life. You are an inspiration to everyone. God Bless you in your journey through life. May you always feel the happiness and love you so deserve!

Thomas said...

If I were in your parents' situation, I would sue the robber for the medical bills. The robber was such a coward, as his weapon was much too powerful, able to penetrate a building from across the street. I would begin the action by photocopying the hospital bill, inform the robber of the costs incurred as a result of his actions, and insist that he pay the hospital bill. If this is unsuccessful, I would contact a lawyer regarding this, and even go as far as garnishment and asset seizure.

friends of the family said...

Response From Chris's Parents:
Thank you for your comments. Yes, the gun appeared too powerful for the situation. Yes, the bullet had a metal jacket. However, it is unlikely that there are any assets or wages to consider as the shooter was committing a robbery as a way of earning money. Thank you for your concern as we concentrate on Chris' healing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris,

You are a very brave young man and we are all pulling for you. I think it is wonderful that you play the piano and I hope you continue -- I always wanted to play such a cool instrument.

I saw this video of a wrestler who had no arms or legs but who advanced to the Georgia high school wrestling championships. ( His story reminded me that life is really what you make of it, and that with dedication and self-confidence human beings can do amazing things.

You are in my prayers and I know you have the brightest of futures ahead of you.

--Nicolas H., Oakland

Anonymous said...


Always wanted to drive a motorcycle for fun.

from his Father Richard Rodriguez

Anonymous said...

Chris school Prinple
At chris school used to call
chis the enforcer because any
time he saw bigger kid pushing around smaller/younger kids
he alway pushed back the bigger
kids and make them stop even if
the bigger kids was bigger than

Anonymous said...

Dear Christopher,
I think you are brave. When I heard that you were in the hospital, I felt really really bad and wanted you to get better. When I read the article tonight that you were okay and going home, I was happy. I hope you get to play Guitar Hero (my favorite too).

Jordan G. (8 years old)
San Ramon, CA

Anonymous said...

Dear Christopher,
You are in my prayers daily. I wanted to send you this link about a boy who does flips in his wheelchair. Hope it inspires you.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure this came through so I am resending.

Anonymous said...

Dear, Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez, and Chris:
I read about what happened to Chris. What a tragic event! My prayers will include all of you.

This event has allowed people of our community to show their true compassionate feelings and the desire to help. I want to help. I will E-mail a fundraising program that can generate income for you and your family and secure your financial future.

Dan Dumas said...

Dear Parents of Chris Rodriguez:

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dan Dumas and I, like your son, was involved in an event in 2005 which caused a serious injury to my spinal cord. My doctors told me that I would never walk again. However, after undertaking an aggressive and consistent exercise therapy program, I now walk with the aid of canes.

I was so impressed with my exercise program and the improvements it helped me attain that I decided to start my own program and studio. I opened SCI-FIT in Pleasanton, California in September of 2007. I grew up in the East Bay and wanted to provide others in this area the same opportunity I had when I was injured.

I would like to offer Chris a free 3 month enrollment in SCI-FIT so that he will have the opportunity to maximize his chances of recovery from his incident. The road ahead for Chris is promising and I want to help him in his journey down that road.
The cost of this exercise therapy is, unfortunately, very expensive. My philosophy is that no person suffering from a serious spinal cord injury should be turned away from this type of therapy simply because of a lack of funds; everyone deserves a chance and I will personally cover the cost of Chris’s therapy at SCI-FIT for these 3 months. You can arrange a schedule that works for you and Chris with our facility manager at any time in the next few weeks (

Please visit my website at to find out more about my program. I understand that things are happening fast and that right now you are focused on Chris’s immediate medical needs. I just wanted to put my offer out there for your consideration. If you would like to speak with me, about anything, feel free to call me at 510-908-4498 and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming fundraising events.

Best Wishes,

Dan Dumas,
Founder of SCI-FIT

Anonymous said...

hi chris i know you dont know me but i was wondering if you would like to have an electric scooter my husband fixes and repairs them and we have a few around the house there not brand new but there in good shape, if your interested e-mail me at i really wish you all the best and im very sorry that this had to happen to you susan

Bentley School said...

Dear Christopher,

On behalf of the fifth grade classes at Bentley School, we are happy to let you know that we have made a deposit in your Trust Account for the amount of $3,563.50. Our students felt very strongly that they support you in your recovery from the shooting incident and want you to know you have people in your community that are with you in this journey.

The students raised the money through raffle and bake sales as well as an auction of a nine pound cupcake. Through this project you have given us a gift by helping to create an opportunity to “pay it forward”.

We wish you and your family all the best and we look forward to hearing of your continued recovery and success.

The Bentley School
5th grade students

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...


My husband and I attended to benefit concert last night at Yoshi's and we were honored to participate in such a lovely event. You are an inspiration to me and my family and have touched our hearts in a way I never could have imagined.

Anonymous said...



Kaitlin said...

Hey Chris!

It's Kaitlin, one of your counselors from the Laney Music Camp. We all just found out about what happened today and we're totally feeling for you!
Good luck with your recovery. I know you're going to do great because you're such a hard worker and never give up.
Hopefully we'll see you at camp this year, it would be great to play percussion with you again!

Hope you're doing well,


Donna said...

Dear Christopher Rodriguez, I understand your chronic nerve pain. I have the same kind of pain. I have a spinal cord injury from an airplane crash.

When I was ten years old, I began studying the violin. At age 14, I studied the piano and the violin in The Young Musicians Program at The University of California at Berkeley (a music school for gifted children). As an adult, I played my violin in the U.C. Berkeley symphony and I became a teacher at YMP where I coached violin students. Through music, I learned the importance of:
These important qualities that I learned from my hard work, in my music studies, has helped me to get through the difficult challenges after my spinal cord injury. When I face something that is difficult today, I think about the mental energy that I built while I practiced the piano and violin when I was 14 years old. I use that same mental energy to concur my challenges today with focus and determination.
I encourage you to read my article on my website. It‘s called Having a Survivor Instinct

After a spinal cord injury, there are different pain types that one might experience:
* neuropathic pain
* musculoskeletal pain
* visceral pain
There may be a solution to your chronic neuropathic nerve pain (burning sensation, pins and needles sensation). ASK YOUR DOCTOR about nerve pain medication. I take a prescribed medication called Nortriptyline. Nortriptyline is prescribed for depression but it is also prescribed for nerve pain. It affects the central nervous system. It works for me. Some other nerve pain drugs, that you could ask your doctor about, are Neurontin and Lyrica. I hope this helps.
My website is:

Toni Mar said...

My heart fell when I first heard about the incident back in January, and have since wanted to be able to send well wishes to Christopher and his family. Please advise of a mailing address. I am a faculty member at Cal in the PE Program and am having all of my students write a card (it will be a big one) for Christopher.
Thank you very much~

robb said...

To Chris and Family:

I just wanted to share with you one of the most important things I learned with my own spinal cord injury –– every injury is different. No one ever told me that and I had to find out on my own.

No one can predict how much better Chris will get or when.

I'm now two years post-injury and still getting better. I can walk with a cane, ride an adapted bike (check out and I swim like crazy. (When the time is right, get into a pool-- the weightlessness of the water changes everything).

I'll second another comment, I read here. Continue to explore the available medications for pain, spasticity, urological issues, etc. There's always another option if something's not working.

And... you know that warm, glowing feeling you get when you think about how many people are thinking about you, praying for you, urging you on? Hold on to that. It's so important.

I'll leave you with the words I use to get me going when I think I can't make it through another PT session:

Keep reaching, keep hoping, keep moving. (usually,it's just KEEP MOVING!)

You can do it.

You can read about me and my adventures in SCI on my blog.

Denice said...

Dear Chris..I am inspired by your great attitude and am sorry that you have to endure this. I would like to help, I run a contractors association and am putting together a fund raiser to raise money for your trust. I would like to use information from the website including your pic for a flyer I am making and would like your permission.

And since I work with contractors, I would like to know if there are any construction needs your family has that I can see if our members will help with.

Please contact me at (925)685-8630 or, my name is Denice.

Toni Mar said...

Dearest Chris and Family,
This is Toni Mar from UC Berkeley....I posted a message recently requesting a mailing address. I was fortunate to receive an email from your gracious mom with the address, and now I have 11 sections of PE classes (ranging from fitness to yoga) that have all created something special for you. I am also planning (along with my students) a fundraiser in your Honor this fall. My yoga classes (a total of approximately 200 students) chanted the Medicine Buddha Mantra for you last week to strengthen the energy of healing and forgiveness, and to transform the energy of ignorance, hatred, and greed into positive energy.
(510) 642-2375

larry chang said...

Chris and the Rodriguez family,

You're all such an inspiration with your courage and optimism. Your spirit and story are so important, especially in these hard times.

Like you, I took piano lessons (for 12 years) as a boy. Music is a wonderful gift, and being a musician takes skill, practice, and passion. I hope that you'll find many ways to follow your love of music and all things creative.

Since I'm a specialist in accessibility and residential projects, please don't hesitate to contact me if there's some way that I can assist.

Larry Chang architect
SightWorks Architecture and Interior Design, Oakland

Anonymous said...

You are an amazing young man and what a blessing you and your family are to each other. Many years ago (over 30!), I attended Oakland public schools, and while Crocker Highlands was not my elementary, I had many friends who did go there. We went to McChesney Jr. High, which is now as you know called Edna M. Brewer, and I remember her being the principal there while I attended! Although I don't know you, I feel a connection through school, and I have 3 kids ages 10, 13, 15, the youngest being a boy like you!
I don't know if your family is religious, if not, then I hope you are not offended by my saying to always, always have God in your life. He will carry you, sustain you, and lift you higher than you can ever imagine.
God bless you always, as you continue to be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Chris, I wish you happieness and a quick recovery! You Can be whatever you want to be! Persue your dreams and dont let anything stop you!

Sippy Paul said...

Dear Christopher,

Our prayers are with you and we honor you as a fellow musician. Let us know if we can do anything to help you with your music!

The Sippy Cups band
Montara, CA

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez,

My thoughts are with you and your son each and every day.

Simply put; you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy said...

Dear Taj,Jann and Richard,

My prayers have been with all of you you since I first received the news. Taj, you probably don't remember me but I met you In New Bedford while you were visiting your Grandmother. I'm Mrs. V's daughter from the Boy's club. I'm friend from school. You go get. I know with your belief and your family's strength, you will achieve. Anything is possible. I know. I was very ill one time and tehy gave my family little hope but with prayer and God and hard work you can do it. Jenn, I love you and you know I'm here if there is anything I can do from this this side of the country.
God Bless. Love Kathy Brown

ablegaitor said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez,
As a parent of a disabled child I know how hard it is. But there is always hope and anything you wish can happen if you believe and do something about it. My name is Marina Grohmann, president of a company called Ablegaitor. My son has Cerebral Palsy and can not walk independently. In 2001, I took my son to Europe for intensive physical therapy. That's how Ablegaitor was born.
They have taken the standing frame to another level by making active rehabilitation and movement possible. By leaning side to side and pulling the handgrips, the user can walk forward, backward and turn. This is the only device in the world which allows paralyzed people with Spinal Cord Injury (up to C5 level), to walk independently. Please visit our web site There are three links on the front page showing an adult with SCI T12 level, child with Spina Bifida and a child with Cerebral Palsy.
We are located in San Francisco. Please give me a call if you are interested trying the device.
I wish you all the best
(888) 858 5289

Anonymous said...

Believing that you already have the ability to walk unassisted and imagining yourself walking is a powerful treatment. I believe that you have that ability now. I can see you walking now. A wise man once said that "It is done unto you as you believe." You are an inspiration!!!! I am and will be treating for you.

Kyleigh said...

Dear Christopher,

After reading the article about your amazing story in the Oakland Tribune explaining your endurance and spirit in pursuing your dream to once again regain the ability to walk, I knew that I had to get in contact with you. My name is Kyleigh Kuhn and I am a UC Berkeley student who founded an organization called the Roots of Peace Penny Campaign. We have raised over $100,000 from students of the Bay Area contributing their quarters, nickels and dimes, of which 100% are dedicated to building schools and soccer fields on former minefields to provide safe grounds for children of war-torn countries. We have built three schools in Afghanistan, providing education for hundreds of children and clearing their lands of mines; weapons left after the guns of war have silenced, claiming life and limb of thousands of children each year.

In some ways, both you and I are fighting for the same cause… the freedom to walk. Chris, if you are interested, I would be honored to work with you in launching our 2009 Penny Campaign. I believe that your message of strength and perseverance over random acts of violence coincides so beautifully with the mission of Roots of Peace. I believe that you can take your story as an opportunity to be a voice for children around the world, and if you are interested in the work that I am involved with, I truly think that it would be such a beautiful way to help you heal emotionally from your struggle as you would literally be leading the way in preventing children and from loosing their ability to walk.

Please visit our website at and then click on the “Penny Campaign” to learn more about the organization and see pictures. We will be launching the 2009 Campaign on September 11th at a Bay Area school. If you are willing, I would be so honored if you would speak at the event. Cheryl Jennings of ABC7 News is the co-founder of the organization, so there will be press coverage. Please don’t feel obligated, but do know that whether you choose to work with the Campaign or not, I am touched by your story and truly think you are an amazing individual.

Shine on!!!

~Kyleigh Kuhn

Kyleigh said...

Oh yeah! My e-mail is

Menace said...

Chris, Keep on tryin' kid. You can do anything you set your mind to. Don't let anyone tell you different.

I have no words to make what happened to you OK or even better, so I will speak of what I do know, and I know how to heal.

I've had 10 surgeries in my life and some were very extensive, but I always surprised the doctors with how quickly I managed my way out of the hospital.

A little trick that I use to keep going when it seems too hard is to count out loud how much more I can do than I thought I could. If I thought I could do 5 reps I let the rehab doctors count to 5 and I started at 6.

If you are feeling scared, then you remember your goal and remember this. there can be no hero if there is no fear. Heroes do it scared is all.

Hang in there kid. with the right mind set (nothing can keep me down) you can do anything.

Donna said...

Hi Chris,
I left a message on your blog on March 25, 2008 at 9:53 PM. I can see that there are many people who are reaching out to you. This shows that many people have a lot of great love for you. I hope you were able to ask your doctor about the nerve pain medications that I told you about on my message to you on March 25th. ASK YOUR DOCTOR if it could work for you and if it is safe enough for your age group.

I believe that you are a very creative young man and you will do well in life because of your creative edge. There are many people who have physical challenges as our's and we live very active lives; authors, musicians, social activists, business owners, computer programmers, editors, photographers, web designers, and public speakers, to name a few. I can see you doing something very creative as a teenager and as a young adult. I see you getting involved in youth groups who stimulate your intellect and give you a sence of belonging and accomplishment.

My spinal cord injury is at the T12-L1 level and I am very active in my own life. I have written a manuscript about my survival of an airplane crash and I am looking for a publisher. I've written managezine articles and newspaper articles. I've been on radio shows talking about women and disability. I'm writing a speech because I will do some public speaking that will inspire people to reach for their dreams in life.

Check out my new Blog at
In my blog, I talk about turning points in life, Resilience, life's meaning, life's purpose, and surviving life.

I wish you much love and happiness as you journey through life. God definitely has a purpose for you. Just be patient and it will be revealed to you.

Donna said...

I'm sorry. I made a mistake on my blog address. The correct address is
Much love to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
You and your family have been in my prayers. I pray that all of your desires to come true. Have a Merry Christmas.

Bill White
Harrisburg, PA

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,

I'm sure you don't remember me, but I went to your after-care place & went to your elementary school, i was one grade above you. I just wanted to tell you that, you are about the strongest and most couragous boy I have ever met.Please remember that everyone's thoughts are with you, and always will be.


Anonymous said...


I came to work with you at Children's Hospital My elderly patients continue to pray for you and several with alzheimers still ask me how you are doing. God bless you!
Rev. Dr. Donna McCartney

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work and never give up. My nephew has a very rare disease and is constantly fighting for his life. He's now 5 years old and his smile and laughter keeps him working harder and looking for a better tomorrow. Keep God in your heart and laughter in your life. Hang in there buddy we CR's have a lot to live for.

Christopher Rodriguez of El Paso, TX currently in Southern California. Age 35.

John-Paul said...

Dear Chris,

I'm really glad you recovered from your life-threatening injury.


John-Paul said...

Dear Chris,

I'm glad you recovered from your life-threatening injury. I just heard some news that if the man who almost killed you is convicted, he could be facing life in prison. It was still wrong for him to shoot you even though it was an accident.

I just wondered if the piano is your favorite instrument. If it is, we both have something in common - the piano is our favorite instrument! Isn't that so cool?

You may have read a letter from me before. I was 10 years old and in the 4th grade at the time. My 11th birthday had passed about 1.5 months ago. Now I am in the 5th grade and still in the same school class, because my class is mixed - it is a class for 4th and 5th graders.

One of my favorite genres of music is R&B. Is your favorite genre of music R&B? I like R&B because of its smooth style. If your favorite music genre is R&B, why is it so?

Thanks to the recovery, it makes me imagine about you getting killed and not surviving. When I imagine that scenario, I realize that it was so unreasonable. It makes me think about a "First 48" episode I watched. "The First 48" is a show about detectives solving homicides, or murders, and catching the killers. One night in Minneapolis, MN, a 32-year-old homeless man named Robert Bavinck (ba' vik) asked two other homeless people, Adam Heldt (held) and Mattie Grassrope, for quitting alcoholic drinking, but Adam shot or beat Robert and killed him. Mattie didn't even call 911! Both suspects were identified by two other people, Nathan, the 911 caller, who led detectives to Mattie, and Ryan, the witness, who led detectives to Adam, also known as "Roach". Thankfully, Adam and Mattie were caught and interrogated, or questioned, about Robert's murder. Adam didn't want to talk; Mattie told detectives everything that happened, and Both suspects were charged. If convicted, Adam faces 15 to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder, and Mattie faces 2 to 3 years for felony aiding an offender.

Robert's mother, Charlotte, reflected on the life of Robert. Because his biologial parents were alcoholics, Robert was adopted by Charlotte at age 9. "He was just loving and happy," Charlotte said. He ran for the homeless at age 18, but then drank alcohol, which led him to homelessness. Charlotte taught a lesson: Some people think that the homeless people don't have families, which isn't true. Robert's okay and is being taken care of.

Alcohol was the main root in this case that brought Adam and Mattie's nasty sides. So the lesson in this case is that you DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL!!!

This "First 48" episode was the main thing I wanted to write to you about. The sentences for Mattie and Adam are far less than the sentence for the man who almost killed you. I hope you feel really happy with this letter.

Oakland, CA

P.S. To Chris' family - Keep up the good work with Chris. STAY STRONG!!!

Anonymous said...

Your forgiveness inspired me to forgive someone & move on. Your heart has legs. Peace & strength to you.

Howard Egger-Bovet said...

Dear Chris and you family,
I am a teacher and educational film maker. As with so many moments in life, they cannot be changed. However, we can learn from them. It is the hope of learning that has motivated me to produce my next educational hip-hop video on what happened to you and others who were never meant to be shot, but were. The music video "Don't Know Where the Bullet Goes" explores the forces of such an event. Our message is that you think a gun is in your control, but when you shoot a gun there is no guarantee where that bullet will go. Think before you act. I wanted to write an email to you Chris and your family, but the email link doesn't work. I would be honored to meet with you and your family. My website is: The hip hop videos are at:
Contact me at
Be well. From your pictures it is clear your smile demonstrates that nothing can stop your future from being a bright one--nothing.

Better Life Mobility Centers said...

Hello Chris,

I would like to send you a message of encouragement and love. I have been a wheelchair user since the age of 18 and lead a wonderful life by having an amazing wife and a five year old girl named Jude. I was left wondering what my life would be like after a surgery gone wrong but time heels when we allow ourselves to understand that God has a plan for all of us. Dont look back because you have been given a chance to lead a great life. If you require any assistance (personal or financial) I happen to own Better Life Mobility Centers located in La Mesa. God Bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Christopher:

I was living in Monterey when you had the accident. It was a sad story for me to read. It has been quite some time but to read how well you are doing goes to show the great Spirit within you, also the fantastic FAMILY support and the community. Keep up the great work, you are such an inspiration to me. Pati, Marin County