Community vigil to remember cyclist killed in crash

2014-06-24T00:00:00Z 2014-06-24T09:03:36Z Community vigil to remember cyclist killed in crashBy Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A friend described Kris Lee Chambers, a cyclist killed by a suspected impaired driver last week, as having a special ability for bringing different groups of people together.

A community vigil tonight organized by BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage) employee Carlyn Arteaga aims to help all those who knew Chambers grieve together and remember their friend and loved one.

“Kris was one of those special kinds of human beings who helped bring people together,” Arteaga said in an email. “She was active in the local queer community, helping organize events through Meetup groups and connecting different scenes and generations of people who may not have come together otherwise.”

Chambers was riding her bicycle westbound on Speedway just west of North Main Avenue, shortly before 6 a.m. June 18, when Gerardo Luna Cazares, 25, ran a red light and struck her from behind, according to police.

The Dunbar/Spring resident moved to Tucson from the San Francisco area about seven years ago and worked as a massage therapist, according to her website.

Chambers, 38, called massage therapy her “passion,” but when she was not working she spent her time outdoors either cycling, mountain biking or running, her website said.

Arteaga said Chambers was active in the local cycling community and after she first took a build-a-bike class at BICAS a few years ago she became an ardent supporter of the organization and friends with the staff.

Chambers also rode with the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association, Arteaga said.

Tonight’s vigil starts at 7:30 p.m. at the BICAS parking lot, 44 W. Sixth St.

At 8 p.m. the group will walk through the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood to the Bike Church at the southwest corner of North Granada Avenue and West Davis Street where friends and family will be invited to share stories about Chambers.

Quiet music, photos and refreshments will be set up at The Whistle Stop Depot, 127 W. Fifth St.

“Kris was an adventurer through and through, a cat lover (even though she was allergic), a healer, a desert dweller, and an amazingly compassionate human being,” Arteaga said. “She will be missed.”

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or 573-4224.

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