Cold case: Murder of Houston teenager in 2001 after street racing remains unsolved

Cold case: Murder of Houston teenager in 2001 after street racing remains unsolved

Houston police said 17-year-old Christopher Courtemanche was shot dead on October 28, 2001.

HOUSTON. It’s been over 20 years since Christopher Courtemanche was killed, but his mother never lost hope. She struggles to find out who took the life of her 17-year-old son.

“Everyone loved him, he had such an infectious laugh, he was the life of the party,” said Lynn Arnett, his mother.

She says Courtemanche went to Clear Lake High School and worked at Barnes and Noble. One day, friends asked him to go to a street racing competition. He never returned home.

“We were so confused and it was unrealistic,” Arnett said.

Courtemanche was shot dead on I-45 Rankin Road on October 28, 2001. Houston police said he was sitting in his friend’s car at a red light when another driver shot at him.

“He was hit twice. There were four shots, and twice he hit the head. The rest of the shots hit the car,” said the sergeant. Richard Rodriguez, Head of Cold Cases, Houston Police.

The only thing that stood out in the published sketch of the shooter was his gold-rimmed glasses. Police said he was driving a white SUV.

“We just hope someone remembers something, especially this crowd of street racers,” Sergeant Rodriguez said.

Sam Hansen, one of Courtemanche’s friends who went with him to the street racing competition that evening, said there were at least 100 people there.

He said that Rankin Road and the lane called the Goodnight Trail were famous for racing.

“We get to a place, we do a race or two, I can’t remember if it was between the two of us or if we competed with other people, but there was some kind of signal or queue in which you have to wait,” Hansen said.

He said that after a few races, Courtemanche and another friend left to pump up the tires. Then, 15 minutes later, he recalls a phone call saying that Courtemanche had been shot.

“Someone shot him, I’m taking him to the hospital right now,” Hansen recalls another friend saying.

He doesn’t know why anyone would want Courtemanche dead.

“You know, he had no enemies. He was a favorite guy,” said Hansen.

“There was no exchange of words, there was no clash at the gas station where they stopped, there was no clash at the street racing event where everyone gathered to watch the cars race,” the sergeant said. , Rodriguez.

So many questions are left unanswered for this mother who only has memories left.

“Please help us get justice for Christopher. We have been waiting for a long time, and the time has come,” said Arnett.

If you have any information about this case, please call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-8477. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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