Friends remember hit-and-run victim: 'Few people are so genuine'

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man was run down outside a popular music venue in Portland, and the driver took off, leaving Chris Chandler, 34, lying on Southeast Stark Street near Southeast 29th.

It was just after two Sunday morning when the driver of a white Honda civic hit Chris Chandler. His friend, Brad Parsons, says it happened so fast, he can only hope Chandler never knew what was happening.

"I heard the crash, and I saw him hit the ground and it was horrible," Parsons said.

Chandler was knocked unconscious in the crash and died a few hours later at the hospital. Friends describe Chandler as a one-of-a-kind person who was sarcastic, witty and truly kind to others. He was just 34 years old.

"What he loved he loved very intensely, and I was always glad to see him. You know he just deserved better than what he got," said Parsons. "You meet so few people who are so genuine and so gentle at the same time. I didn't know anyone that didn't like him. You know, he was a very, very well-liked person."

The suspect's car is described as a white, mid-2000's, four-door Honda civic with a possible license plate of: IVD1036, or similar. The vehicle will likely have a broken windshield, and possibly some front end damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact Portland Police.

Chandler loved the music scene. Friends hosted a memorial concert on Sunday night at Good Foot at 8 p.m.

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