Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Will Never Forgive or Forget the Manner in Which Chris's Life Was Taken, We Can Only Treasure the Precious Memories We Have Forever in Our Hearts of Christopher'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Will Never Forgive or Forget the Manner in Which Chris's Life Was Taken, We Can Only Treasure the Precious Memories We Have Forever in Our Hearts of Christopher'

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GRIEVING relatives and friends of Christopher Turnbull last night spoke of their devastation at his death and their anger at the driver who killed him.

"January 21, 2008, was the night our lives changed for ever - losing Christopher when he was so young, vibrant, full of life and truly inspirational to everyone who knew him," said Christopher's father Steven Turnbull in a statement on behalf of family and friends.

"The total senselessness of Gary Forster, his selfish reckless stupidity and unforgivable, disgraceful behaviour has left a hole in our lives that can never be filled.

"Gary Forster left Christopher at the roadside not caring if he could have saved his life.

"The sentence for Gary Forster today in our opinion is not and will never be enough for his actions on the night of January 21, 2008.

"We will never forgive or forget the manner in which Chris's life was taken, we can only treasure the precious memories we have forever in our hearts of Christopher."

In a separate statement Valerie and Steve Gibson, Christopher's mother and stepfather said: "We are relieved that we can now put the legal side of this heartbreak behind us and be allowed to grieve properly for Chris. No sentence can ever bring Chris back. No family should have to go through what we have had to endure. We are all allowed to make mistakes but we should not be allowed to take lives.

"My hope is that the sentence that the defendant has received will prevent any other family having to endure the absolute heartache that we have had to suffer.

"That it will help him (Gary Forster) to realise the consequences of his actions on others.

"When he has served his sentence he will have the opportunity to rebuild his life, Chris won't. How do we start to rebuild ours?

"We now look towards a difficult period of firsts: the first Christmas without Chris, the first anniversary of his death, the first birthdays without him - the list goes on. …

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