We Love Sky. Please Put Him Up for People to Remember…" Victim of Double Murder in Kettenpom Memorial

Sky and Kristine–summer of 2010 along the Rogue River.

” We love sky please put him up for people to remember his warm character” accompanied these photos in my email.  So this post is for Christopher Sky Richardson who was brutally murdered Sunday, March 13th.

But this post is to celebrate his life.  If anyone wants to send pictures, I’ll post them.  Add stories about his life to the comments or send them to me mskymkemp @gmail. com and I’ll post them.

The top picture was taken Spring of 2008.  The bottom Halloween of 2007.

May we find a way to treat each other kindly.

UPDATE: Searching for ways to celebrate a life in the midst of multiple tragedies, a woman named Meghann contacted me and offered these reminisces of Sky. She started hesitantly–groping for words. “He was a real awesome person,” she said.  Then paused for a long time.  “He was amazing.  We hung out together in high school. His mom is…everyone is just devastated. [Some time ago,] we went on a road trip from Corvallis to near Sacramento to an all night party.” The experience, she says, was life changing.  It should have been a memory they shared for a long time.  He was that kind of friend that would always have been a friend, she says.  He had a “dream  to live in the middle of nowhere and live on the land.”  So he bought a piece, she said.  “And he was happy there. He loved nature.  He dreamed of carving a life there.  He was a great guy and he didn’t deserve this.”

Eventually Meghann said that a friend told her that he thought that Sky was “the good part of him that got away.  He was good enough for two people.”

The call stumbled to an end. Broken pieces don’t have a smooth finish.

UPDATE2 : SKY MEMORIAL SERVICE—the 27th at the Summit Town Grange at 2pm.

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Also in one of the other posts, the other victim was identified as Kristine Constantino from upstate NY. I’ll be happy to put up a post for her and another for the two heroic Gunds if folk want to send photos and stories. One has been put up here.

Another story has gone up at the Redding Searchlight which has a few more details of the murder.

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  • Thanks for Posting these Kym I can’t see what I am typing through my tears.

    I will always miss his friendly calm voice and unbridled enthusiasm in life!

    I love you Sky and will always remember you!

    • I hope this helps a little.

    • Kettenpom Store

      Sky and Christine were sweet and kind people. We enjoyed having them shop at our little store and are going to miss seeing them. We as a community are still in shock and very sad.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with both of their families in this extremely difficult time.

  • One More Person

    I don’t know what to say, but I mourn with you.

  • One More Person

    I don’t know what to say, but I mourn with you.

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  • This is all unbelievably sad. Norma Gund is an old friend of mine, and I have just learned about all this today by reading your blog.

    I wish I knew how to get hold of her and send her my love and support. I haven’t seen her in s few years and was just looking at the Christmas card she sent and thinking I need to make time to get in touch. All I have is an address; sending a card tomorrow morning.

    My heart aches for all these families. This is an unthinkable thing to happen in a small community.

  • This is all unbelievably sad. Norma Gund is an old friend of mine, and I have just learned about all this today by reading your blog.

    I wish I knew how to get hold of her and send her my love and support. I haven’t seen her in s few years and was just looking at the Christmas card she sent and thinking I need to make time to get in touch. All I have is an address; sending a card tomorrow morning.

    My heart aches for all these families. This is an unthinkable thing to happen in a small community.

  • Thanks for the information and an outlet Kym. I’m asking myself questions that cannot be answered. I will always remember Skys sly humor and shy smile. He is an awesome spirit, and I will miss his absence very much, as I know all of his friends will.

  • Thanks for the information and an outlet Kym. I’m asking myself questions that cannot be answered. I will always remember Skys sly humor and shy smile. He is an awesome spirit, and I will miss his absence very much, as I know all of his friends will.

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  • I’ve posted the Trinity Co. Sheriff Press release here.

  • I’ve posted the Trinity Co. Sheriff Press release here.

  • Kristine went to HS with me…she was a couple years ahead of me, and also church. She is SOOOO missed here in her hometown of Cortland NY…We love you Kris…our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of need…Such tragic news…

  • Kristine went to HS with me…she was a couple years ahead of me, and also church. She is SOOOO missed here in her hometown of Cortland NY…We love you Kris…our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of need…Such tragic news…

  • Sky was a truly incredible person. He was a bright light in a dark room. I can’t believe that someone so amazing could be tragically taken from this world. He was one of the most gentle and wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to know. My world is darker without him in it. He will be missed beyond words. I love you Sky! I’m so sorry!

  • Sky was a truly incredible person. He was a bright light in a dark room. I can’t believe that someone so amazing could be tragically taken from this world. He was one of the most gentle and wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to know. My world is darker without him in it. He will be missed beyond words. I love you Sky! I’m so sorry!

  • The crew will always love you, Sky.

  • The crew will always love you, Sky.

  • Kym, I deeply appreciate your diligence in attempting to present accurate information concerning this tragic event and for encouraging people to be civil in discussing it. We have been praying for each person who is suffering because of this great tragedy. I have been the recipient of many of Mas’ wonderful bear hugs. God knows the complete truth, and what’s in the heart of each person involved. I’ve hung out with enough people in “altered states”, even booze or “just” marijuana to know it can produce bizarre, sometimes frightening shifts in personality. Whatever the case, it does not change that this is a terrible shock and loss to the Philomath / Corvallis / Albany community. RM

  • Kym, I deeply appreciate your diligence in attempting to present accurate information concerning this tragic event and for encouraging people to be civil in discussing it. We have been praying for each person who is suffering because of this great tragedy. I have been the recipient of many of Mas’ wonderful bear hugs. God knows the complete truth, and what’s in the heart of each person involved. I’ve hung out with enough people in “altered states”, even booze or “just” marijuana to know it can produce bizarre, sometimes frightening shifts in personality. Whatever the case, it does not change that this is a terrible shock and loss to the Philomath / Corvallis / Albany community. RM

  • I knew Sky from grade school through High School. In 5th grade he gave m ea box of chocolates and I remember how scared he was when he did it. He walked up handed it to me and ran off. He was shy and sweet and was that way to everyone. When I found out I was so very sad to his family and close friends that remained close with him. I have read so many comments in support for Tomas. I did not know him so I do not want to judge and I am sure when all the toxicology reports come back more things will make sense. Maybe he had other drugs in his system that would help explain his out of character actions. However, his body was recovered and picked up by his family. It is pretty apparent he is guilty, what we don’t know is why.

  • I knew Sky from grade school through High School. In 5th grade he gave m ea box of chocolates and I remember how scared he was when he did it. He walked up handed it to me and ran off. He was shy and sweet and was that way to everyone. When I found out I was so very sad to his family and close friends that remained close with him. I have read so many comments in support for Tomas. I did not know him so I do not want to judge and I am sure when all the toxicology reports come back more things will make sense. Maybe he had other drugs in his system that would help explain his out of character actions. However, his body was recovered and picked up by his family. It is pretty apparent he is guilty, what we don’t know is why.

  • I posted the new Trinity Co. Sheriff’s release here.

  • I posted the new Trinity Co. Sheriff’s release here.

  • I added an update with a reminisce from an old friend.

  • I added an update with a reminisce from an old friend.

  • I was wondering if there is a way to keep the “we love sky” at the top of postings, so it could stay separate from the section with questions trying to figure out what happened.
    A positive memory spot.?

    • M.E.

      There is but I need to think about this. This blog is a magazine. The top is for the latest stories. Maybe what needs to happen is for someone to set up a website for Sky and we could transfer the memories there? Or Sky’s page can be easily reaccessed by bookmarking the link. And, of course, anytime someone searches his name, it should come up.

  • I was wondering if there is a way to keep the “we love sky” at the top of postings, so it could stay separate from the section with questions trying to figure out what happened.
    A positive memory spot.?

    • M.E.

      There is but I need to think about this. This blog is a magazine. The top is for the latest stories. Maybe what needs to happen is for someone to set up a website for Sky and we could transfer the memories there? Or Sky’s page can be easily reaccessed by bookmarking the link. And, of course, anytime someone searches his name, it should come up.

      • I do understand the part of keeping the currents news on top. I was just noticing that it could be difficult to sort out for the family and friends as some of it is getting mixed in between some of the questions. I think memorial links is a good idea. That is probably something some of their closer friends may have already begun? Well, my condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones. Which is everyone.

        • Hi Kym, I noticed the seperate memorial pages are up, hope it helps the friends and family. Thank’s for being there for the community that in this case, goes all the way to the east coast.

  • Friend of the Family

    Hearts are heavy with the loss of Sky. He touched many a person with his friendly ways and kind heart. It is very difficult to imagine that someone so loving and peaceful would have his life taken in such a way. It makes no sense. None of the story makes any sense. All I know is that his family is suffering in ways we will never understand. If you have ever met them you quickly know where Sky inherited his love of life and adventure. He made it happen, made his life happen as he wanted it. I know his family would love to hear from any friends in Cali that want to share stories, memories of him. Please post them and help us remember him for who he was, not the tragedy that stole him.
    Love and Light to Sky and blessings to all his friends and family~~

  • Friend of the Family

    Hearts are heavy with the loss of Sky. He touched many a person with his friendly ways and kind heart. It is very difficult to imagine that someone so loving and peaceful would have his life taken in such a way. It makes no sense. None of the story makes any sense. All I know is that his family is suffering in ways we will never understand. If you have ever met them you quickly know where Sky inherited his love of life and adventure. He made it happen, made his life happen as he wanted it. I know his family would love to hear from any friends in Cali that want to share stories, memories of him. Please post them and help us remember him for who he was, not the tragedy that stole him.
    Love and Light to Sky and blessings to all his friends and family~~

  • Someone offered some photos of Kristine Constantino and I have made a memory page of her for those who would like to share memories and photos. You could upload the photos to photobucket and put the link in the comments or you can send them to me. mskymkemp@gmail.com

  • Someone offered some photos of Kristine Constantino and I have made a memory page of her for those who would like to share memories and photos. You could upload the photos to photobucket and put the link in the comments or you can send them to me. mskymkemp@gmail.com

  • I watched Sky grow up into the gentle embodiment of the spirit of the community that raised him. His love of freedom, his gentle spirit and his intelligent humor will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him; because if you knew him you loved him. It was that easy. My heart goes out to all of you who loved him. The world is not quite as bright or as gentle without him.

  • I watched Sky grow up into the gentle embodiment of the spirit of the community that raised him. His love of freedom, his gentle spirit and his intelligent humor will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him; because if you knew him you loved him. It was that easy. My heart goes out to all of you who loved him. The world is not quite as bright or as gentle without him.

  • I wasn’t a close friend of Sky’s, but he is a close a family friend. My father is Best friends with his father and I know his father well. My main memory of Sky, however, is when I sat a booth with him and helped him sell Lavender when I was about 10 years old (22 now). I just remember looking up to him and thinking he was a really easy going and fun-loving. He had a very good presence from what I picked up. His father and brother are without exaggeration some of the nicest people I have yet to meet in my life. I am so sorry for them and if you guys see this post, I love you and I want to do anything to help in the future. His father spoke so highly of Sky about how he was so proud of the unique lifestyle that he chose to live. I know, and I can see from the posts, that Sky is a soul who will not be forgotten in the least bit. The legacy that he imprinted upon others does not die with the the body. R.I.P. Sky

  • I wasn’t a close friend of Sky’s, but he is a close a family friend. My father is Best friends with his father and I know his father well. My main memory of Sky, however, is when I sat a booth with him and helped him sell Lavender when I was about 10 years old (22 now). I just remember looking up to him and thinking he was a really easy going and fun-loving. He had a very good presence from what I picked up. His father and brother are without exaggeration some of the nicest people I have yet to meet in my life. I am so sorry for them and if you guys see this post, I love you and I want to do anything to help in the future. His father spoke so highly of Sky about how he was so proud of the unique lifestyle that he chose to live. I know, and I can see from the posts, that Sky is a soul who will not be forgotten in the least bit. The legacy that he imprinted upon others does not die with the the body. R.I.P. Sky

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  • I keep checking this blog everyday thinking the real story will appear. With all the loving feelings people have for Skye and Kristina and the ones for Mas, its plain to see why THEY WERE ALL FRIENDS. Kristina new Mas from NY. They were all very special people.
    There is something wrong with this picture. No amount of drugs could turn Mas into that person.

    • Cindy,
      I Also Hope The real story crops up. The picture of Sky below was taken at a party at my house where Mas was also in attendance.

      There is a lot of facts I know that don’t need to be up here, all of them work against any motive proposed to date. There is Something wrong indeed, everything fits together all too well.

      The most imporatant thing is that the Police dow a thorough investigation and don’t rely solely on circumstantial evidence and eye-witnesses. The Nor Cal police are all to likely to say “open-Shut” case claiming that Money or Pot as the motive. They need to pursue more definitive evidence such as DNA evidence because there is likely an accomplise or murderer out there running around sure they have “gotten away with murder.”

    • I hope you are right but at the same time so much points to him. What explanation could their be? I am asking to really find out what you think a possible scenerio you could see taking place for this to happen. It’s all so confusing.

  • I keep checking this blog everyday thinking the real story will appear. With all the loving feelings people have for Skye and Kristina and the ones for Mas, its plain to see why THEY WERE ALL FRIENDS. Kristina new Mas from NY. They were all very special people.
    There is something wrong with this picture. No amount of drugs could turn Mas into that person.

    • Cindy,
      I Also Hope The real story crops up. The picture of Sky below was taken at a party at my house where Mas was also in attendance.

      There is a lot of facts I know that don’t need to be up here, all of them work against any motive proposed to date. There is Something wrong indeed, everything fits together all too well.

      The most imporatant thing is that the Police dow a thorough investigation and don’t rely solely on circumstantial evidence and eye-witnesses. The Nor Cal police are all to likely to say “open-Shut” case claiming that Money or Pot as the motive. They need to pursue more definitive evidence such as DNA evidence because there is likely an accomplise or murderer out there running around sure they have “gotten away with murder.”

    • I hope you are right but at the same time so much points to him. What explanation could their be? I am asking to really find out what you think a possible scenerio you could see taking place for this to happen. It’s all so confusing.

  • I have known Sky for a little over 2 years. He was such a gentle human being that was on a quest to live the best way he knew how. On the land, in nature, playing music and surrounded with love. Which he reflected back so strong on those of us blessed enough to have been in his presence. He was always such a wonderful listener and would have positive feedback that would seriously alter my train of thought in such a way that made all of the complications in life seem so simple to remedy and repair. While tracing back upon my memories of Sky I recalled that he had put his life in the face of danger against a mama cougar and her cubs. He was living in a tent off the land basically in a cougars den. Everyone thought he was crazy for not having a way to defend himself. But he just had the attitude what will be will be and went on. Several times the mother lioness had challenged him, eye to eye her in attack mode and ready to pounce. And every time she would just turn and leave. This is how I will always remember him, an enlightened, graceful, brave and kind spirit. Gentle and empathetic in his nature with a deep respect for all life. The deaths of Sky and Krisitne just dont make sense. Something is missing from the picture. Unfortunately I have had to make peace with the fact that they are gone and this may always be a mystery. My heart goes out their family and all the other victims in this tragedy. Shine On Brother! You are loved and deeply missed by the Trinity community and many others throughout this world

  • I have known Sky for a little over 2 years. He was such a gentle human being that was on a quest to live the best way he knew how. On the land, in nature, playing music and surrounded with love. Which he reflected back so strong on those of us blessed enough to have been in his presence. He was always such a wonderful listener and would have positive feedback that would seriously alter my train of thought in such a way that made all of the complications in life seem so simple to remedy and repair. While tracing back upon my memories of Sky I recalled that he had put his life in the face of danger against a mama cougar and her cubs. He was living in a tent off the land basically in a cougars den. Everyone thought he was crazy for not having a way to defend himself. But he just had the attitude what will be will be and went on. Several times the mother lioness had challenged him, eye to eye her in attack mode and ready to pounce. And every time she would just turn and leave. This is how I will always remember him, an enlightened, graceful, brave and kind spirit. Gentle and empathetic in his nature with a deep respect for all life. The deaths of Sky and Krisitne just dont make sense. Something is missing from the picture. Unfortunately I have had to make peace with the fact that they are gone and this may always be a mystery. My heart goes out their family and all the other victims in this tragedy. Shine On Brother! You are loved and deeply missed by the Trinity community and many others throughout this world

  • Dear Sky and Kristine,

    You will be missed dear friend. I am thankful to have known you and had the opportunity to be with you a few times these past 2 years. You were an inspiration. I am happy that I was able to help you once. I was happy to see you this summer on one of your journeys to the other pom. May your spirit soar on the wings of love, on the wings of a dove. May you and kristine find your way to the clear light., and not linger in the murkiness. May your friends and family grieve and then heal; heal fully with the acceptance that for some reason, beyond all imagination God/Goddess has reasons for the unthinkable and will take care of everything in his/her/their own way. Please watch over them and help them to heal. As time goes on may we remember you for the light you were/are, rather than for the circumstances of your passing. May you inspire us to love more, and perhaps to be more discerning in our life and actions that sometimes, however rarely, lead us into trouble.

    Yours was a hard way to make the passage to the other side, but fear not. You are taken care of now and forever will be. For some reason, the best of us sometimes are taken “early”. I don’t know why. It is not for us to know these things. It is for us to honor you, brother and sister of love, and to send our support to your families, who loved you dearly. And to honor our own lives by being a little kinder to ourselves and to others. It is a hard life, things are crazy here. But we will stay here and do the best we can until our time is upon us; working hard (for it is hard work) to take care of ourselves and to care of others.

    Om asato ma sat gamaya
    Tamaso ma jyotir-gamaya
    Mrityor ma-amritam gamaya
    Sarvesham svasti-bhavatu
    Sarvesham shanti-bhavatu
    Sarvesham purnam-Bhavatu
    Sarvesham mangalam-bhavatu
    Loka samastah sukhino-bhavatu
    Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

    From untruth lead us to truth
    From darkness lead us to light
    From death lead us to immortality
    May all beings dwell in happiness
    May all beings dwell in peace
    May all beings attain oneness
    May all beings attain auspiciousness
    May happiness be unto the whole world
    Om Peace, Peace, Peace

    • Thank you for your wonderful words. This is the message that has been resounding since my brother passed and it needs to keep being said.

  • Dear Sky and Kristine,

    You will be missed dear friend. I am thankful to have known you and had the opportunity to be with you a few times these past 2 years. You were an inspiration. I am happy that I was able to help you once. I was happy to see you this summer on one of your journeys to the other pom. May your spirit soar on the wings of love, on the wings of a dove. May you and kristine find your way to the clear light., and not linger in the murkiness. May your friends and family grieve and then heal; heal fully with the acceptance that for some reason, beyond all imagination God/Goddess has reasons for the unthinkable and will take care of everything in his/her/their own way. Please watch over them and help them to heal. As time goes on may we remember you for the light you were/are, rather than for the circumstances of your passing. May you inspire us to love more, and perhaps to be more discerning in our life and actions that sometimes, however rarely, lead us into trouble.

    Yours was a hard way to make the passage to the other side, but fear not. You are taken care of now and forever will be. For some reason, the best of us sometimes are taken “early”. I don’t know why. It is not for us to know these things. It is for us to honor you, brother and sister of love, and to send our support to your families, who loved you dearly. And to honor our own lives by being a little kinder to ourselves and to others. It is a hard life, things are crazy here. But we will stay here and do the best we can until our time is upon us; working hard (for it is hard work) to take care of ourselves and to care of others.

    Om asato ma sat gamaya
    Tamaso ma jyotir-gamaya
    Mrityor ma-amritam gamaya
    Sarvesham svasti-bhavatu
    Sarvesham shanti-bhavatu
    Sarvesham purnam-Bhavatu
    Sarvesham mangalam-bhavatu
    Loka samastah sukhino-bhavatu
    Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

    From untruth lead us to truth
    From darkness lead us to light
    From death lead us to immortality
    May all beings dwell in happiness
    May all beings dwell in peace
    May all beings attain oneness
    May all beings attain auspiciousness
    May happiness be unto the whole world
    Om Peace, Peace, Peace

    • Thank you for your wonderful words. This is the message that has been resounding since my brother passed and it needs to keep being said.

  • The star that illuminates a thousand moons

    I never really got a change to know sky to well, but I’ve always felt a deep connection to his star light. I’ve meet him a hand full of times and I feel connected to his sprit. When I heard of his passing it really struck something deep within my soul. It helped me realize how infinitely connected we all are. Sky is a very special and gentle light that helped raise the vibration of humanity. He is a bright star being and his soul will infinity live on. As we move forward in this great time of change and shifts many more friends and family will be passing over. We can celebrate and honor these great souls for choosing this courages path to uplift humanity. Sending my love and prayers to brother sky and may his divine service to the light carry on into infinity. If we choose to except these challenges as an expression of the divine even though it may seem so tragic at times it will help lift us. If we focus on sending wings of love to this experience and except this as a gift from these souls we can see what they are really expressing to all of us. Last night I saw sky in my dreams, I vaguely remember the details but sky was radiating an angelic light and he carried a deep peaceful smile. Thank you dear brother for everything you have brought to this beloved earth and may your light shine on. love love love

  • The star that illuminates a thousand moons

    I never really got a change to know sky to well, but I’ve always felt a deep connection to his star light. I’ve meet him a hand full of times and I feel connected to his sprit. When I heard of his passing it really struck something deep within my soul. It helped me realize how infinitely connected we all are. Sky is a very special and gentle light that helped raise the vibration of humanity. He is a bright star being and his soul will infinity live on. As we move forward in this great time of change and shifts many more friends and family will be passing over. We can celebrate and honor these great souls for choosing this courages path to uplift humanity. Sending my love and prayers to brother sky and may his divine service to the light carry on into infinity. If we choose to except these challenges as an expression of the divine even though it may seem so tragic at times it will help lift us. If we focus on sending wings of love to this experience and except this as a gift from these souls we can see what they are really expressing to all of us. Last night I saw sky in my dreams, I vaguely remember the details but sky was radiating an angelic light and he carried a deep peaceful smile. Thank you dear brother for everything you have brought to this beloved earth and may your light shine on. love love love

  • Star, that was really lovely.

  • Star, that was really lovely.

  • Hello, my name is Jessica Hice. I am the daughter of Norma Gund and the step-daughter of James Gund. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say that I am deeply sorry for this loss. I know I have gone through pain because of this, but I cannot imagine the pain if I had lost them.A lot of people were affected by this…my family and I are praying for the families of Sky and Kristine. <3 "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Anyone reading this, let us not forget that we need eachother..stick together… hold eachother up.

  • Hello, my name is Jessica Hice. I am the daughter of Norma Gund and the step-daughter of James Gund. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say that I am deeply sorry for this loss. I know I have gone through pain because of this, but I cannot imagine the pain if I had lost them.A lot of people were affected by this…my family and I are praying for the families of Sky and Kristine. <3 "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Anyone reading this, let us not forget that we need eachother..stick together… hold eachother up.

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