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He worked by day at KFC and, through a temp agency, he had just started working at the plant when he left.
“He decided the job was not for him because they wanted him to kill chickens,” said his mother, Rachel Thornton of Dennison. June 30 when he crossed Market Avenue N at 30th Street, heading to the home he shared with friends on 26th Street NW.
He never made it. Thornton struck by a vehicle that sped away, leaving him wounded in the intersection. He died a short time later at Mercy Medical Center.
Troopers investigating the crash say they have little to go on. weren’t certain what kind of vehicle struck him.
They asked nearby businesses for surveillance or security camera footage and they publicly asked anyone who may have information about the fatal wreck to call.
“It just does not seem real, even though I saw him,” his mother said. Troopers had his wallet, and she had been called to the hospital to identify his body.
Searching for the car
On Friday, troopers took a piece of the crash debris to area auto dealerships, hoping to determine the make and model of the vehicle. The wreckage included a light lens, believed to be the left front fog light.
Lt. Leo Shirkey of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Canton post said, that troopers are now looking for a Chevrolet Impala built between 2000 to 2005. Shirkey said the vehicle will have damage to the left side, including the fog light and headlight.
On Tuesday, they took some of the clothing Thornton was wearing when he was killed to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab. They hope to discover the color of the vehicle.
While troopers continued to ask anyone with information to call investigators, the young man’s mother, other family members and friends distributed fliers showing his picture, a picture of a Chevy Impala, the patrol’s phone number and the website for a public crowdfunding. Entitled “Justice for Christian Thornton,” the GoFundMe page asks for money for his funeral expenses, a reward to find the person responsible and his 5 year old daughter’s future.
According to his obituary, his daughter, Nadilie Thornton, lives in Texas.
“She sounds just like him,” said his mother, Nadilie’s grandmother. “She’s the spitting image of Christian.”
Rachel Thornton described her son as “a good kid with a wild imagination. He thought ‘out of the box.'”Born in Mount Vernon, he graduated from Sandy Valley High School in 2011, went on to attend a semester at Stark State College and then went to work, living in Canton with his friends.
He was working at the fast food restaurant and starting the second job in hopes of making more money.
“He was still trying to find himself,” Rachel Thornton said.
Jeff Bender started the GoFundMe account to help the young man’s family
“He was about five minutes from (work). He was close to home,” said Bender, the father of Christian Thornton’s girlfriend, Katie. noted the young man’s intention to work a second job, adding, “He was a good kid.”
Thornton’s mother said that whoever hit her son and sped away, leaving him to die “took a part of me that I’ll never get back.”
She asked that anyone with information about the crash to talk to the troopers.
“Somebody knows something,” she said.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 tonight at the Finefrock Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
After the calling hours, Thornton’s family and friends plan to return to the place where he was killed to conduct a candlelight vigil.