Chris Henry's Fiancée: He Changed My Life
Family, teammates remember him at funeral
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 5:32 PM CST
Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, second from left, is comforted while viewing teammate Chris Henry before a memorial service.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – Chris Henry's friends and family bid him farewell today, less than a week after the 26-year-old NFL player died after falling out of a pickup truck. "People say I helped change his life," said his fiancée, Loleini Tonga. "No. He changed mine." Mourners clapped briefly as she returned to her seat, reports AP. She was driving the truck at the time, and police are investigating but haven't filed any charges.

Bengals QB Carson Palmer also spoke. "He walked past my locker every day to shake my hand as I said, 'Good morning,' and every day he said, 'What's up, cuz,'" Palmer said. "We've all seen and experienced different sides of Chris, and with every side he showed us, we saw just how kind and gentle his heart was."
 

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