The community is mourning the sudden passing of De Anza High student Christopher Walker, who reportedly died after collapsing at school last week.
On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Christopher “was surrounded by his best friends and classmates when he collapsed at school,” according to an online fundraiser launched by one of Christopher’s former teachers Monday to help pay for funeral expenses.
“Teachers and staff did their best to help him but ultimately he passed away a short time later at the hospital,” the fundraiser states. Further details about the cause of his death were not immediately known.
In a Facebook post, the United Teachers of Richmond mourned the loss of “someone incredible.”
“He was too young, and touched the lives and hearts of so many people in this community,” according to the teachers union.
Jahayra Molina, who taught Christopher at Crespi Middle School, described Walker as someone who lit up the classroom.
“His ‘AHA’ moments constantly reminded me why I chose to be an educator,” she said. “In middle school, he would run to the library to see which new books came in that week and be the first to check out the most sought after graphic novel. He was that student leader who would invite the quiet student to be in his group first, so they wouldn’t feel left out. Christopher warmed the hearts of many, from Wilson to DeAnza.”
His teachers are encouraging the community to donate to and/or pass along this GoFundeMe page.