millerc.jpg December 31, 1980 – June 3, 2007

Christopher Michael Miller died on June 3, 2007 at the age of 26. He was a kind, creative and gentle person. He will always be loved and sincerely missed by his family and friends.

Christopher was born on December 31, 1980 in Newport, R.I. He grew up in College Station and attended local schools. Christopher was charming and handsome, and he was recognized for his intelligence and artistic ability. He read voraciously and excelled at mental games including chess and Go. Even at a young age, he developed a mature style of drawing and sketching that was featured in a variety of local and statewide competitions and fairs.

As an adult, Christopher pursued a career in the creative arts. His first passion was stand-up comedy, and for over six years, he regularly performed his routines in Bryan, College Station, Houston and Austin. Christopher had a daring and outrageous style of presentation. He enjoyed interacting and collaborating with other comedians, and he had future plans to arrange comedy workshops and clinics.

In addition to comedy, Christopher explored a variety of other creative outlets. He worked for a period as a KEOS radio disc jockey, and he attended and contributed to local poetry readings. In recent years, he extended his long-held interest in literature to pursue a career in writing.

As he reached adulthood, it emerged that Christopher had a mental illness that he would battle for the rest of his life. However, at no point did he allow the weight of this realization to dampen his optimism. Christopher lived his life as a person that was determined to be happy and to give happiness to others. He will always be remembered for the bravery with which he faced and overcame the very difficult hand that he was dealt.

In the early hours of June 3, Christopher was fatally shot by a police officer in Grimes County. The circumstances of his death remain under investigation.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Robyn Miller Konrad and Thomas F. Miller Jr.; his stepfather, Christoph F. Konrad; and his siblings, Robin, Thomas, Patrick and Nicholas and their spouses. A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, and a funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at the same location. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christopher may be made to Mental Health America of Texas (1210 San Antonio, Ste. 200, Austin, Texas 78757; telephone: Peggy Holub at 512-454-3706).

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