Hundreds honor Chris Barry, call him a force for good in DC

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Washington DC — A packed church said goodbye to a man Mayor Muriel Bowser called the city’s son.

Marion Christopher Barry, Jr. died from a suspected drug overdose. According to a police report, witnesses saw Barry using synthetic marijuana and PCP before suffering health problems at a party.

Despite a history of drug issues, Barry was remembered fondly as a man who could galvanize a community and was always looking to improve conditions for those who called Washington DC and Ward 8 home.

Some wondered if he had an even bigger heart for the area than his father, the late and former mayor Marion Barry.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Betty Scippio remembered one time in which Chris helped her out by dropping off goods at her home to help the elderly.

She, like many at Monday’s memorial service, said you had to know the 36-year-old to understand how special he was.

“Christopher gave all of him and all of his self to you,” said Scippio. “You had to know him on a personal level and you would have understood what he was going through, his pain.”