Christopher Bryant killed outside Primo's Sports Bar in Aurora, family reeling (71)
Yesterday, the Aurora Police Department positively identified the 22-year-old man shot to death outside Primo's Sports Bar and Grill as Christopher Bryant, Jr..
Photos, videos below.
Nicknamed "Scrapp," he was the father of a young daughter he clearly adored.
At this writing, no one has been arrested for the crime, which also severely injured another person, Demetrey Adams, and no suspects have been named. That's why those Bryant left behind are asking for the public's help in identifying who took his life.
Bryant's daughter is named Cynayah. She's three years old. Here's one Facebook-shared photo of the two together....
On Friday night/Saturday morning, Bryant was with friends at Primo's Sports Bar and Grill, 1443 Chester Street. Here's a look at the entrance of the venue, from its Facebook page....
Around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Bryant stepped outside the venue with Adams, known on his own Facebook page as Metrey. Here's a photo of him:
What happened next? At around 1:40 a.m., according to Aurora police, officers responded to a call about two men down in the Primo's parking lot. They soon discovered that both Bryant and Adams were suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, apparently after being hit in a drive-by shooting -- and a crowd estimated at 100 people had gathered, with some members described as "being unruly and interfering." Hence, additional police officers and Aurora Fire Department personnel were requested, and with their help, the pair were subsequently transported to the hospital. Bryant soon died of his injuries, while Adams remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.
Bryant shared his last Facebook post the day before he died; the message was about hanging out and having a good time. Bereft friends picked up on this theme when they posted after his death. Here are some examples:
OMG my heart is broken. i can't believe this is your last post that your goin to post because u r no longer with us. At least u were havin a good time with ur homies. You will be in my prayers. Love and miss u tons. R.I.POn another page, a family member posted this:
R.I.P Chris..... I'm glad u had ur final moments with ur bro's before u were called home.....
I'm happy beckuz I kno u were happy.... I smile beckuz I think of ur smile.... soon memories will fade and we'll grow old... n u will still stay young n so handsome with a smile n a heart that could float a boat. You deserved nuthing but the best and that's why ur in heaven. Only the best of the best make it there and god had a bigger n better plan for u. I just wish I was there ta see you shine on.
As a family we taking things one-step at a time. And together we will overcome this and get the Justice that Christopher "Scrapp" deserves, but as of right now we are slowly healing. I love you guys, please don't EVER forget that!!! #InDueTimeWeWillOverComeOther loved ones shared their grief with CBS4 -- and also called on anyone with information about who pulled the trigger to come forward.
In the meantime, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Bryant's killer -- call 720-913-STOP (7867) with tips. And the family has set up a memorial fund at TCF Bank, under the name "Memorial of Christopher Bryant Jr."
Our sincere condolences. Here's the CBS4 report.
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