Christopher B. Weaver, 22, university student, tutor and volunteer

April 11, 2004|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Christopher B. Weaver, a student at Hampton University and Gilman School graduate, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Hampton, Va., on Wednesday after being shot by an intruder who entered his apartment and opened fire with a handgun. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 22.

Christopher Brandon Weaver was born and raised in Baltimore. He is the son of Dr. Jesse R. Weaver, a Baltimore dentist, and Alice G. Pinderhughes, an attorney.

He is the grandson of the late Alice G. Pinderhughes, who in the 1980s was the first woman to serve as city school superintendent. She died in 1995.

While attending Gilman, Mr. Weaver was a guide for new students and tutored pupils at Roland Park Elementary-Middle School.

In addition, Mr. Weaver was a Special Olympics lifeguard, an officer of the school's Black Awareness Club and a junior varsity wrestler. He also volunteered at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Moore Clinic, where he worked with HIV patients.

After graduating from Gilman in 2000, he enrolled at Hampton University, where he was a senior business major.

Mr. Weaver was an Eagle Scout and a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc.

"Christopher embraced life and had an inquisitive, outgoing spirit," said Dr. Weaver. "He was a wise and giving soul. His gentle demeanor was truly an inspiration. In his eyes, no one was a stranger. His loving spirit was felt by all who knew him."

Mr. Weaver was celebrating his girlfriend's birthday with her and several friends when there was a knock on the door. Two intruders entered the residence and opened fire, wounding one guest and killing Mr. Weaver, who was pronounced dead at Sentara CarePlex Hospital.

"The motive is unknown at this point," Cpl. Jimmie Wideman, Hampton police spokesman, told The Virginian-Pilot on Friday. Wideman said there was no evidence of a robbery.

Mr. Weaver enjoyed working on cars, skiing, swimming and boating.

He was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues, where he was an acolyte and a member of the St. James Youth Fellowship. Services will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Justin M. Weaver and Nicholas D.P. Weaver, both of Baltimore; his paternal grandmother, Rossie Mae Weaver of Ahoskie, N.C.; and an uncle, aunt and several cousins.

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