Loved ones remember Christian, Newsom 7 years after murders

Loved ones remember Channon Christian, Chris Newsom 7 years after murders

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Balloon prepared at memorial of Chris Newsom Balloon prepared at memorial of Chris Newsom
Girl prepares to release balloon into air on January 5, 2014. Girl prepares to release balloon into air on January 5, 2014.
Flowers and gifts lay on top of Chris Newsom's grave. It's been 7 years since his and girlfriend Channon Christian's brutal murders Flowers and gifts lay on top of Chris Newsom's grave. It's been 7 years since his and girlfriend Channon Christian's brutal murders
Channon Christian and Chris Newsom Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Loved ones of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian are remembering the young couple, as this week marks seven years since their brutal murders.

A crowd of people gathered at Newsom's grave site in Powell Sunday, putting down flowers and holding balloons in his honor.

Several of Christian's loved ones attended the ceremony, too.

Newsom and Christian were carjacked, raped and murdered early Jan. 2007 in East Knoxville. Four people have been found guilty in their murders.

Newsom's parents said they gather to remember the couple every year so that their stories never fade away.

"We don't want anyone to ever forget what happened to Chris and Channon and we want to keep their memory alive," Hugh Newsom, Chris Newsom's father, said.

"He used to make me laugh all the time and I'll remember that and miss that," Mary Newsom, Chris Newsom's mother, said. "He'd come in the house and he'd always stand at the door and go, ‘Hi mom,' and I miss that a lot. Sometimes I look over at the door and still see him standing there doing that."

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