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May 26, 2014 1:52 AM by Victoria Johnson, KSBY News

Shooting victim, Chris Martinez, remembered

20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was one of the victims in Friday's mass shooting.

Christopher grew up in Los Osos. He graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 2012. He was well known and well-loved.

His coaches say he had a great attitude, was a hard worker, team player and someone who was always smiling.

Dan Monroe is a teacher and coach at San Luis Obispo High School. Monroe coached Chris during the 2009-2010 basketball season. He said Chris played with a lot of energy and always made people laugh.

Richard Martinez, father of Chris Martinez, spoke out at a press conference Saturday afternoon. "Chris died because of craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live?"

Upset and grief stricken, Richard Martinez mourns the loss of his son, Chris.

"I talked to him 45 minutes before he died. Everybody thinks it won't happen to their family and then it does," said Richard Martinez.

Christopher Martinez grew up on the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson was his baseball coach when Chris was in elementary school. He said Chris was every coach's dream.

"Happy, polite and fun to coach. He never challenged anything you taught him. He never challenged being in the game," said Parkinson.

Parkinson said he was a just a great kid all around.

"He was always happy, always working hard. Chris is one you don't forget," said Parkinson.

Friends are heartbroken and are leaving messages on Chris' Facebook page.
One Facebook comment from Valerie T. says: "RIP Chris. I can't believe such a young and beautiful soul was taken so tragically."

"It's very overwhelming. A lot of shock. It hasn't settled. Chris was an amazing guy. He was funny," said Jeff Dolphin, Chris' college roommate.

"He was loved by a lot of people," said Richard Martinez.

Monroe said Chris stopped playing basketball in high school to focus on his studies.

He had plans to go to law school following in the footsteps of his mother, San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney, Caryn Michaels.

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