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Good Samaritan Christian man killed whilst helping a woman

Chris Marriott, a Christian father of two was killed when a car hit a crowd of people in Sheffield on Wednesday afternoon. Chris was helping an unconscious woman lying on the street when the tragedy occurred.

Chris Marriott, a member of City Church Sheffield, worked in the administrative team of a conference organised by the Christian charity Jubilee Plus for many years. Lately, he worked at Community Money Advice, helping people get out of debt.

According to South Yorkshire police, Mr Marriott was out for a post-Christmas walk with his wife and two young sons, when he spotted a woman lying unconscious in the street just after 2 pm on Wednesday. He was providing first aid when a car collided with them, injuring a number of people who also tried to help and causing deadly wounds to Mr Marriott. 

Police arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of murder and a 55-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. 

According to senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Knowles: “This is an utterly heart-breaking case in which a Good Samaritan, who had stepped in to help a stranger in their time of need, has lost his life. Chris leaves behind a loving family, including his devastated wife and two young sons. We are absolutely determined to secure justice for Chris and his loved ones following this horrific tragedy. Increased patrols will continue in the area in the coming days, and local people will continue to see officers carrying out enquiries, including going house-to-house to gather witness statements.”

Jubilee Plus released a statement asking the community to pray for Mr Marriott’s devastated family in this difficult period. It reads: “South Yorkshire Police and the media have hailed Chris as ‘a good Samaritan’ for stepping in to help someone in need. This was very much in keeping with how Chris lived his life. Yesterday, he stopped to help an unconscious woman lying in the street, and as he was providing first aid, a car collided with Chris, the woman and others. Police have started a murder investigation, and two men have been arrested and remain in custody. Chris died doing what so many will remember him for – helping others. Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with his wife and their two young sons. This is an unbelievably awful situation, and we are heartbroken for the family. Please pray for them, for Chris’s wider family and friends, and for City Church Sheffield as they try to process this loss. May they all know God’s comfort and grace as they grieve and remember.”


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