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Family and Friends of El Paso Airmen killed in snowmobile accident share memories of him

Vanessa Aguirre/KTSM
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POSTED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 12:02am

UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 8:00pm

Airman Christopher Martinez died last Sunday in a snowmobile accident in Utah.

The friends and family of Christopher gathered for a rosary Sunday night at Sunset Funeral Home. His wife and a longtime friend shared their memories of him with KTSM.

"I am going to miss everything about him. Everything," said Laura Martinez.

She first met Christopher three years ago here in El Paso. They were co-workers. Very soon their friendship turned into love and they married a short time later.

"No matter how sad you were, he always made you feel good about yourself,” Laura explained. “He always had a smile on his face. Always."

Airman 1st Class, Christopher Martinez, joined the force in 2011. He was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. His wife followed him there.

Last Sunday, Martinez went out to celebrate his 22nd birthday by snowmobiling with friends. As they were going down a steep side of the mountain in Utah, Martinez’s snowmobile flipped, pinning him underneath the machine. He died at the scene.

Sunday night, friends and family gathered to pray for him.

"He never had any problems,” said family friend Vanessa Aguirre. ”He was a friendly individual and he was very respected by a lot of people. And a lot of people looked up to him, as young as he was."

Aguirre knew Christopher his entire life. Her parents baptized him..

"He was so young,” she said. “I don't think a parent should ever have to bury their child at such a young age."

As friends and family start the healing process, everyone who knew him will always have a special memory of Christopher.

For Laura, she will always remember her husband’s bright smile and big heart. "He was a good person,” she said. “He always had a smile on his face. He had an amazing smile. I will always have him in my heart. I still can't believe it."

The funeral mass will be Monday at Blessed Sacrament Church on Diana at 1:30 in the afternoon. He'll then be laid to rest at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

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