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Man hit and killed in SE Portland remembered as 'happy and generous'

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Frederick Ryerson Jr., in court Tuesday Frederick Ryerson Jr., in court Tuesday

A man hit by a car and killed in southeast Portland is being remembered as a kind soul who loved music.

Chris Chandler, 34, died from his injuries after being hit by a car near Southeast 29th Avenue and Stark Street around 2 a.m. Sunday

Chandler was helping friends load band equipment into their van when he was struck.

“That shows you what kind of person he was," said Dominic Siino, Chandler's roommate. "He really was all about the music and the scene, and being helpful and being happy and generous.”

Chandler, a radiology technician, also an avid musician who played guitar in the local band Jenny Sizzler.

Originally from Indiana, Chandler had lived in Portland for the last nine years.

His friends and members of Portland’s music community are devastated by his sudden death.

“I just hope that everyone could take a moment and call someone that you love and tell them you love them,” said Siino. “Because you never know when you could get hit by a car, you could get hit by a bus. You never know what’s going to happen.”

The driver of the car that hit Chandler did not stop at the crash scene, according to police.

Portland police arrested a suspect, Frederick Ryerson Jr., after getting a tip that led them to the damaged Honda Civic they believe hit Chandler.

Ryerson has pleaded not guilty to charges of failure to perform the duties of a driver, commonly referred to as hit and run.

Members of the group Liveable Street Action held a vigil Tuesday evening in honor of Chandler and other hit-and-run victims.

They held signs near the intersection of Southeast 29th and Stark, calling on drivers to slow down.

They hope to pressure local and state transportation agencies to make streets safer by slowing drivers down, according to an organizer.

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