HAMPTON - Christopher David Tromly, 19, departed this life on May 23, 2002, at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. He was born December 23, 1982, in Hampton, VA. Christopher is survived by his parents, Lt. Col. Gene A. Tromly, USMC, (Retired) and Barbara M. Tromly; a sister, Michelle; and two brothers, Brian and Kevin. A lifelong resident of Hampton, he graduated from Kecoughtan High School with highest honors in 2001. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, German Club, and the Varsity Soccer and Cross Country Teams. Christopher received an academic scholarship to Old Dominion University and had just completed his freshman year on the Dean's List. He joined the Virginia Army National Guard in March of this year and was to shortly start his basic training at Fort Sill, OK. He aspired to become an Artillery Officer and looked forward to completing his last two years at ODU on an Army ROTC scholarship. Christopher had two passions in life, soccer and his girlfriend, Rebecca Morris, a student who attends the University of Virginia. For the last two years, they were inseparable. He played on numerous recreational and select soccer teams and was a four-year member of the Kecoughtan High School varsity team. This past year, he volunteered to be an assistant soccer coach under head coach John Bailey. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Buckroe Avenue, Hampton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kecoughtan High School, in care of Mrs. Penny Petersen, for the Christopher Tromly Soccer Scholarship Fund. The family would like to thank the hundreds of KHS students, parents, friends, administrators, guidance counselors, teachers and coaches for their outpouring of love and support. Also, the physicians, nurses and paramedics who did everything they could to save Christopher's life. To all the members of the Hampton Police Department, especially the detectives who stayed with our family, a special thank-you. We are confident that justice will prevail and good will overcome evil. Christopher will be missed by all who knew him for having the ability to bring laughter and a smile. He will especially be missed by Rebecca Morris, and her parents, Mike and Jeanette Morris, who treated Chris like a son. Christopher donated his organs and tissue to LIFENET. The family hopes that other people's lives may be saved or enhanced by Christopher's contributions. Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Downtown Hampton.
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Published in Daily Press from May 25 to May 26, 2002