King's Remembers an American Patriot
Alumnus Killed in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, March 16, 2012—Christopher Horton, an alumnus of The King’s College and member of the House of C.S. Lewis was killed in Afghanistan on September 9th, 2011 by small arms fire in Afghanistan. Christopher gave his life defending America, a country that he loved above everything else.
Originally from Oklahoma, Christopher demonstrated a passion for military service at an early age. He entered Missouri Military Academy at age 12 and attended from 7th to 12th grade.
During his time at King’s, Christopher excelled in classes was involved with the House of Lewis. Anthony Randazzo, a friend and fellow member of the House of Lewis said, “from the moment you shook Chris's hand you knew he was driven, sharp guy. He was a man's man, a no nonsense guy who was a shark on the pool table and an exceptional shot—whether in a field or playing Halo. At the same time he was perceptive, kindhearted, and I've yet to meet another soul surpassing the fierceness of his loyalty to his friends."
Christopher was very involved in many political activities during his time and King's, and he hired many students to work Mayor Bloomberg's 2005 re-election campaign. While at King's, he also met his wife Jane, a member of the House of Queen Elizabeth I. Jane recalls that “one of the first things we did together was going to an event at Columbia University to hear John Ashcroft speak. Chris and I remained friends, and often talked about politics together. We were engaged in August of 2008, after he returned back to Tulsa, Oklahoma and I was living in Honolulu.” The two married in August of 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.
After his college career, Christopher worked for a number of New York Congressional Campaigns, and then later became the Deputy Political Director of the Romney for President Campaign in Oklahoma. During this time, he also nurtured his competitive shooting skills, and became a professional sponsored competitive shooter. He also started his own private security company, and held shooting expeditions around the world in countries like England and Bulgaria.
Jane said, “Chris could have done anything he wanted to do. He was asked to be a U.S. Marshall, all while he was starting a private security firm. He was also a professional, sponsored marksman.” But, she said, “Chris didn’t want to grow old and not do his duty. He always said he would run for office ‘when he couldn’t carry his gun anymore.’” In March of 2008, Christopher joined the Oklahoma National Guard as an Army sniper.
Christopher became one of the country's top snipers, and graduated his first time through sniper school at the top of his class. He also won the Gus Hadwiger award in Oklahoma, one of the highest awards given at the state level for military shooting matches. Christopher felt that God had given him the shooting talents he possessed, and wanted to go overseas to protect beloved country. Jane said “I have never met someone with a stronger sense of duty and love to their country.” Echoing Jane, Randazzo said, “his dedication to country was laser focused. And I was proud to stand with him as founding members of the House of Lewis.”
The King’s College is proud to be the Alma Mater of a man of such respect and loyalty to his family, community, and country.
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