In Memoriam
Christopher George  Bread
Sequoyah student ~ 1980s
LOCAL SERVICES for  Christopher  George  Bread , 19, (died Friday, Mar 2nd 1990)  will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Pinezaddleby and the Rev. Virgil Yeahgo officiating. Burial will be in Memory Land Cemetery, Anadarko, Okla.

     Born June 28, 1970, in Lawton, Okla., Mr. Bread moved to Lawrence with his family in July 1984 from Tahlequah, Okla. He graduated from Lawrence High School in May 1989.

     Mr. Bread also attended  Sequoyah High School  in Tahlequah, Okla., before attending Lawrence High School. He was active in basketball, the student newspaper and band. He also was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at both schools. He was a member of the Kiowa and Cherokee tribes.

     Survivors include his parents, Donald and Marilyn, of the home; four brothers, John T. Bread, Lawrence, Phillip C. Bread, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Donald Joseph Bread Jr. and Jeremy Bread, both of the home; three sisters, Connie Bread, of the home, Dorothy D. Stites, Parachute, Colo., and Erica Lynn Bread, of the home; and his grandmother, Evelyn Bread, Lawton, Okla.

A prayer service will be at 7 tonight at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

     Another prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Smith Funeral Home, Anadarko, Okla., and a funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Anadarko. Burial will follow Tuesday's Mass.

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Tim Hoyt, Lawrence Ks ~ Journal-World

Saturday, March 3, 1990

     An autopsy determined that a 19-year-old Lawrence man whose body was found on East 15th Street early Friday morning died from head injuries, but authorities say they don't know what caused those injuries.

     Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said this morning that officers have no suspects in the death of Christopher George Bread, whose parents are both instructors at Haskell Indian Junior College.

     Anderson said investigators are seeking help from the public. The death is being investigated as a homicide.

     Anderson said the autopsy by Douglas County Coroner Dr. Carol Moddrell showed that Bread's skull was fractured, but it's still unclear what caused the injury.

     "It could have been the pavement, it could have been a car bumper, it could have been a baseball bat," Anderson said.

     Bread's body was found just after 1 a.m. Friday along East 15th Street about a mile east of the city limits by a Lawrence man who was driving home from work. After stopping to investigate, the man went to a telephone and alerted police.

     Anderson said investigators are asking for assistance from the public. He said other motorists may have seen activity in the area.

     "We do believe there was some other vehicle traffic in the area we haven't been able to contact," he said.

     Anderson said detectives are tracing Bread's activities Thursday night. The sheriff would only say that a relative last saw Bread about 6 p.m.

     "There has been some progress on his actual whereabouts after that, but I would like to reserve that information for our purposes," he said.

     Anderson also would not reveal other autopsy results, including whether drinking or drugs were involved in the death.

     Bread's parents, Don and Marilyn Bread, are instuctors at Haskell Indian Junior College. Don Bread teaches Indian law and legislation, and Marilyn Bread teaches business.

     Don Bread was among representatives of the local Indian community who met with law enforcement officials to discuss police handling of investigations into the deaths of two young Indian men in recent months.

     Anderson said the pressure to solve this case is not any different from any other suspected homicide.

     "Any time a family member is killed, there's going to be pressure to find out about it," he said. "We haven't gotten anything outside of the ordinary.

"The Indian commuity has been extemely cooperative with all our investigators."

     Don Bread also was a central figure in a controversy over former Haskell President Gerald Gipp. Bread raised the issue of whether Gipp had sought to have a grade changed for his daughter. Gipp was cleared of charges, but was given another post within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

     Christpher Bread worked for Mulford's Tree Service in Lawrence since the beginning of October. Newton Mulford, owner of the business, said he was a good worker.

"He was a pretty fun-loving guy," Mulford said.

     Besides the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the Lawrence Police Department and the Kansas University Police Department are involved in the investigation.

     Anderson said in total, 21 investigators are working the case. They met this morning to go over their progress. Anderson said investigators worked until midnight Friday night and checked out more than 20 leads. He said they have 11 more leads to check on today.

"We'll probably work today until we exhaust all our commanding leads," he said.

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