South Jersey Community mourns 17-year-old Christopher Kuhnel killed on the way to school – CBS Philly

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CBS) – A community in South Jersey continues to mourn the loss of a teenager known for his caring nature and infectious smile. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Kuhnel was killed in an accident when he went to school last week. Tuesday night, those closest to his family share an important message on their behalf.

Christopher was a senior at Gloucester High School. His family and friends say he loved making people laugh.

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“God, everyone loved Christopher,” said Teresa Underwood, a friend of the family. “Wherever he went, he always made a friend.”

These words describe 17-year-old Christopher Kuhnel.

The teenager was hit by a car while walking to Gloucester High School on Friday morning at Somerset Street and Johnson Boulevard. Police say the teenager was rushed to a local hospital and died the next day.

“He took the route he took every day,” Underwood said.

Underwood, a family friend, shared some messages from Christopher’s father Chris Kuhnel and his mother Kerry Kuhnel, both of whom were not ready to see the camera.

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“Kerri wants people to always remember to love each other and make people laugh because Christopher would be the person for everyone he met,” Underwood said. “And from his father Chris, there are no words to describe how caring, loving and just an absolutely amazing person our son was.”

While the investigation continues, police say the driver remained at the scene and tried to help.

Christopher’s family asks for prayers for that driver and the driver’s family as well.

“Chris wants everyone to pray for that family too for what they’re going through,” Underwood said. “They have no malice towards them. They understand that things happen.”

Christopher’s parents say they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and have read every message on social media.

Grief tutors are at the school to help students through this difficult time.

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A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family.

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