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Raleigh groom killed on wedding day

Posted September 12, 2009
Updated September 13, 2009

— A Raleigh man headed to breakfast with his groomsmen on his wedding day was killed after being ejected from the car he was riding in, according to Father Salvatore Busichio, who planned to officiate the wedding Saturday.

Christopher Raynor, 28, of 9240 Bruckhaus St., was scheduled to marry Karen Taylor at Raleigh's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church.

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Raynor was riding in the backseat of his best man's car when another driver ran a red light and crashed into them at the intersection of Lumley and Westgate roads around 7:30 a.m., authorities said. A third vehicle then ran over Raynor, according to a police report.

Police charged James Howard Early, of 17 Lynwood Road in Asheville, with a red light violation and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Police have not determined if Raynor was wearing his seat belt. He was taken to WakeMed where he later died.

"Guests were coming to the wedding that had no idea what had happened," Busichio said. "It was my unhappy duty to have to tell people the groom was killed."

Family and friends gathered together and held a memorial service Saturday at the church. Busichio said the bride spoke to the audience and told them she will always love Raynor.

"The (bride) got into the pulpit after the service was over. She was explaining her feelings, and she was very gallant, very brave," Busichio said. "She thanked everyone for coming and said she realized by being there (that) it had strengthened her and her love for him."

Busichio remembered Raynor and Taylor as "one of the nicest couples I've ever known. They were meant for each other."

Groomsman Andrew Bowman called Raynor as "a special person."

"I know my life is better because of him," he said.


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  • countrydiva Sep 14, 2009

    Boingc-Playing Russian Roulette would be considered suicide. This was an "accident" in our human world. But, God calls a person home when it is their "time". Many prayers to the family. Lean on your faith to help pull you through this time.

  • cfarmer Sep 14, 2009

    I worked with Chris Raynor on a construction project about a year and a half ago. He was a great guy to be around the little time that I was.

  • issymayake Sep 14, 2009

    This is so tragic.

  • boingc Sep 14, 2009

    "Well, I guess it was his time. One never knows when death will come upon us."

    Wrong. I hate when people say is was somebody's "time." While the accident might have been unavoidable, it was his decision not to wear his seatbelt. Everyday could be your "time," but your decisions affect the odds. If I play Russian Roulette and die, that's not because it was my "time," but because of my decision to play Russian Roulette. Wear your seatbelt, because YOUR DECISIONS determine your future.

  • pinklady-1 Sep 14, 2009

    so sad...

    thoughts and prayers to all...

  • shortcake53 Sep 14, 2009

    I truely hope that the bride can feel all the love and support sent by us all, and in some small way it can be a comfort to her.

  • Professor Sep 14, 2009

    Well, I guess it was his time. One never knows when death will come upon us. In the bible it says: A time to be born, a time to die, etc. The sad part is he never got the chance to get married. My condolences to his family and the bride to be.

  • irishgirlsarepretty Sep 14, 2009

    So terribly sad. That poor sweet bride :(

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Sep 14, 2009

    This is terrible. I cannot imagine the grief...this was so senseless. Prayers for the family.

  • Granny Sep 14, 2009

    So sad....my prayers are with this bride and all the family members and friends.