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Dozens attend memorial service for a Wood Co. man murdered in March


Family members and friends gathered and remembered 39 year old Christopher Race Monday afternoon at First Congregational Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Race was fatally shot while working at Higher Grounds Bakery Cafe in Wisconsin Rapids. 

Sue Sippel, Executive Director of The Family Center, asked those in attendance to focus on who Race was.

"He was a father, he was a husband, he was a son, he was a brother, he was a business partner, he was a friend, he was a relative, he was a buddy, he was a playmate, he was a teacher," said Sippel. "Who was he to you?"

Christopher Race was married to Jacalyn Marie Bohman Race, who expressed thanks for the prayers and support in her family's difficult time.

"Chris and I argued and we fought and we struggled and we worked and we made babies and we had fun and I didn't realize how valuable he was," Jacalyn said. "It's overwhelming sometimes to see how many people truly care about us. My family is suffering, my boys are in despair in a lot of ways."

Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink was also in attendance, going on to say that the tragedy affected him personally.

"Chris was such a selfless man. He gave above himself, always, in everything he did," said Vruwink. "He was so in tune to everything that was going on in the city and what would truly make this place a better place. I know this community is a better place because Chris was in it, and he's in it right now, with us, here, today."

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