Christian Smith: Tributes to Hitchin 21-year-old 'loved by everybody who knew him'
PUBLISHED: 08:39 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 18 April 2018
A Hitchin 21-year-old who died in a road collision while walking home from a night out with friends has been described as someone “loved by everybody who knew him”.
Christian Smith, known to many of his friends as Chip, was born and raised in and around Hitchin – going to Wymondley JMI School and Hitchin Boys’ School before studying creative media at North Herts College.
His 23-year-old older brother Tom said: “I hope he knew how proud of him we were. He was the centre of our world.”
Christian worked at The George in Hitchin’s Bucklersbury, where he had many friends.
Since his tragic death in the early hours of Saturday, the pub’s management and staff have set up a fundraising page in his memory – with the Smith family asking that all funds go to charity.
Christian most recently worked at Waitrose and was considering a career in management, while also pursuing his creative interests of photography, hip-hop singing and songwriting.
He was an avid Liverpool football fan – sharing the passion of his dad Paul, who is originally from the city. He was thrilled to meet England legend John Barnes when his family took him to see the Reds play on his 21st birthday last year.
Christian’s mum Bev said: “I think people will remember Christian as a cheeky chappy. His headteacher described him as that when he was just four years old.
“One of his many friends said the other day that he didn’t have a bad bone in his body. His manager at Waitrose said a few weeks ago: ‘Everybody loves Christian. He is so hard working and reliable’.
“She said he never failed to make her smile and was loved by everyone.”
Dad Paul added: “As a child Christian always had a cheeky smile on his face, was full of energy, inquisitive and eager to explore. He grew into a kind, caring, polite and thoughtful young man who always had a good word to say about everyone and everything.”
Numerous tributes and sympathetic comments have been posted on the fundraising page, with feelings perhaps summed up by Colleen Allen, who wrote: “I cannot express the level of sadness for this young man, his family and friends.
“I and the whole of Hitchin feel the deepest heartfelt love and support to you.”
More than £2,000 has been raised in Christian’s memory so far – if you’d like to donate, see gofundme.com/forchip or ask at the bar in The George.
The circumstances surrouding Christian’s death are being investigated by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Forensice Collision Investigation Unit.
Anyone with information that may help the officers should call 101, quoting incident reference ISR 103 of April 14, or report online at herts.police.uk/report.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.