Christopher Ladell Hill


Age: 17

petty criminal and runaway who was part of a front-page story on The Dallas Morning News that gained national attention when his then-25-year-old uncle Eugene Helm abandoned his life plans as a college student and moved to Dallas, Texas to take care of his two young nieces and three nephews growing up in a neighborhood rife with violence and drugs (Hill was 6 years old at the time), in which the family was caught up in a wave of media attention and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Hard Copy and in newspaper stories across the nation with more than $70,000 came pouring in, including $5,000 from Black Entertainment Television but who had spent a decade in foster care at an East Texas group home facility in the custody of Child Protective Services after the attention abated because most of the money was put into a trust fund for the children to collect once they turned 18.

Cause of Death: Struck and killed by a train in an apparent suicide pact

Born: February 25, 1989

Died: September 21, 2006

Hawkins, Texas