By Chris Hendrickson, Monitor
A celebration of life was held in Sultan last Thursday to honor Christian Fafnis-Horton.
Fafnis-Horton was fatally wounded by a gunshot Aug. 24 in Orangevale, Calif. when two individuals approached him and opened fire. His friend, 20-year-old Thomas McGrath was also struck by the bullet, sustaining injury.
McGrath and Fafnis-Horton had traveled to California together along with McGrath’s girlfriend, Bianca O’Hara. O’Hara and McGrath attempted to save their friend’s life, but were unsuccessful. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate.
Over 200 of Fafnis-Horton’s friends and family gathered at Mountainview Christian Fellowship to share memories and mourn his loss. Tears were shed, but at times people couldn’t help but smile through their sorrow as they listened to stories about Fafnis-Horton’s outgoing ways and his unique and loving personality.
The 20-year-old young man was described as a person with a great joy for living life to its fullest. He loved nature and the outdoors, he loved his family, his fiancé, his friends, and he loved adventure. A slideshow was shown featuring pictures of Fafnis-Horton, often with snakes, lizards and other critters. According to the people closest to him, he loved all creatures, and had a deep sense of humor.
His father, uncle and other family members and friends all talked of how much they will miss him. His younger sister, Shaelynn Horton, spoke of wanting to find ways to honor her brother. She encouraged everyone to do the same.
His fiancé, Brittney Nicholas, talked about a recent trip the two took to Costa Rica, sharing that Fafnis-Horton made an impact everywhere he went.
“He wanted to start a revolution,” said Nicholas. “He was one of a kind.”