Chris Roberts, a former motorcycle electrician employed by Confederate Motorcycles for over 5 years, was shot and killed on Father’s Day when he confronted a thief stealing his motorcycle. Chris had recently left the company to return to New Orleans after following Confederate in their post Katrina move to Birmingham. If you saw photos or video of the Wraith on the Bonneville Salt Flats, you saw Chris, he was in the saddle.
This was actually the second time Chris had been shot during an attempted robbery. The first time he was hit in the arm, he dressed the wound himself and went to work the next day.
Stories like this are never pleasant, but the motorcycle community should know about individuals like Chris who contribute much and often are known by so few. Unless the story is told, he becomes a statistic in a city where this sort of thing is happening far too often. A young man, a new father with his future and his family’s future ahead of him, stopped short, … far too soon.
New Orleans police have no leads.
Thanks, Brian for letting us know.