Christopher – Chris Bamba Death – Dead : Obituary : Former Kingston High School Basketball player Dies
A former Kingston High School basketball player and honor student drowned while he was swimming with friends in the Rondout Creek off Bruceville Road, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday., according to a statement posted online on June. 24, 2020.
The body of Christopher K. Bamba, 18, of Kingston, was recovered after a water emergency was reported at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of 25 Bruceville Road in the Marbletown hamlet of High Falls, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The daily freeman reported
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Kingston High School wrote
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that that we share with you the passing of Christopher Bamba, Class of 2019. Chris was a member of the Varsity Basketball team and helped lead the team to the State Final Four. Chris was a leader in the Brothers at Bard Program and also served as a coach for our Unified Basketball Team. Chris had a huge heart, bright smile, and infectious personality. You couldn’t help but be happy in his presence.
The Kingston City School District community mourns this tragic loss. If any student, parent or staff member needs to speak with someone in this difficult time, our Critical Incident Stress Management Team has been activated and is available. Please call 845-943-3826.
Dariel Vasquez wrote on facebook.
I write this morning with a heavy, weary heart after receiving the news last night that my mentee, brother, friend—Chris Bamba—has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and loved ones..
I met Chris when he joined BAB back in 2016, when he was only in 10th grade. He had just completed his freshman year of undergrad at Utica College as a first-generation college student—and made Dean’s List in his first year while also playing on the Utica Basketball team. For those of you who knew and worked with Chris, you know just how special he truly was. He was silly and playful, always vibrant, cheerful, and warmhearted; Chris had a reputation for showing love to everyone at Kingston High School—from his peers, teachers and counselors, to the school safety staff and administrators—he was loving and loved.
I got to know and see Chris in ways some people didn’t—as a leader, as a young man who cared deeply for others and wanted to help whenever he could. I have so many fond memories of Chris, so many trips and experiences I shared with him. It was just this past Fall that we visited Chris at Utica College and he helped give our Kingston High School mentees a tour of his campus for our first college visit of the school year. Not surprisingly, with just a couple of months in college Chris was already “that guy” on campus—everyone waving and coming up to him to talk as he walked with us around his school. He carried that same loving nature of his everywhere he went. When I asked him how school was going, he was confident he was going to excel in every way. And a couple of months later, he texted me the Dean’s List letter he received after his outstanding academic performance his first semester in college.
As we all grieve and mourn this loss of our brother, I pray we all take the time and space we need to cherish and reflect on the moments we had with Chris—just as I tried to do through this post. Please make sure you let the people you love know how much you appreciate them. Embrace them, hold them, remind them again and again. Chris was on a path to change the trajectory for all the future generations of his family—to make a change in his life, in the lives of his loved ones, and in the lives of countless young people in his community. I owe it to him to continue doing the same in my life while I still can. Let the beautiful memory of our brother Chris inspire us to love better, be better, do better—to find it in our hearts, broken as they may be, to make every moment we have and every breath we take count towards becoming the human beings we all deserve to be.
“My favorite part is that it’s a brotherhood and being older in the group makes me feel like a leader, a leadership opportunity, and helps me stay on track with grades. Any time we come together I’m a role model and set the example for the younger guys in the brotherhood at Kingston High School” – Chris Bamba (2018)
Love you bro.
We join Utica in mourning the loss of Chris Bamba. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates. https://t.co/3Z6zWKjvOC
— NCAA (@NCAA) June 24, 2020