A College Station man was a bystander who was shot and killed in the shooting yesterday. Fifty-one-year-old Christopher Northcliffe was checking one of his rental properties in College Station when he was shot and killed.
The events that unfolded Monday afternoon were unexpected -- and the alleged consequences of one man's actions now have multiple families, including the Northcliffe family -- mourning the loss of a friend, a neighbor and a father.
“Our thoughts and prayers are felt and provide much needed comfort and support during this obviously most difficult time,” said Northcliffe’s brother-in-law and family spokesperson, Robby Bounds.
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“Christopher was a man of peace, kindness and creativity,” explained Bounds.
Words that Robby Bounds says he never imagined he'd have to find to describe his brother in law, Christopher Northcliffe -- especially 24 hours after the 51-year-old husband and father of two was shot -- and killed.
“We like to think of him of a bright light, often times in a dark world,” Bounds added.
“Watching a mom tell her kids what's happened is something I don't want to see again,” lamented Bounds.
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“Christopher had a few rental properties, and that’s why we think he was in the area yesterday [Monday],” added Bounds.
Family members believe Northcliffe was checking on one of those properties located down the street from the rental home of Thomas Caffall. During that time -- Caffall opened fire -- killing a constable, Northcliffe and injuring several others
“He was one of those type of people he'd see beauty in everything,” said Bounds. “He would see things that when we drive by we take for granted, he'd stop, take the picture and capture the moment.
Northcliffe was a family man, a friendly neighbor and an avid photographer.
“He was just incredible, and we’re not talking amateur; he took pictures that would belong in a magazine, or gallery,” said Bounds.
As the Northcliffe family continues to find strength, Bounds says his brother-in-law’s legacy will live on.
"His light has not been extinguished and we want everyone to know that,” said Bounds.
And will shine brightly through the lives of those he so inherently and deeply touched.
“Tell the people who you care about that you love them,” said Bounds. “It's so important because each day is precious from minute to minute and you never know how much time you have left; none of us do.”
A benefit fund has been set up for the family of Chris Northcliffe, one of the victims of Monday’s tragic shooting in College Station. If you would like to help out the Northcliffe family, monetary donations can be made to any Bryan/College Station branch of Prosperity Bank to the “Benefit of Chris Northcliffe”.
The Northcliffe family is in the process of setting up funeral arrangements and tells News 3 they will let us know as soon as the arrangements are made.