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Christopher Lamont Bender, known as Chris Bender, (August 2, 1972November 3, 1991) was an Americanmarker R&B singer who reached the national music charts in 1991 with the album entitled Draped. He was from the Boston, Massachusettsmarker area, growing up in Brockton, Massachusettsmarker and later living in Walthammarker.

At the age of 16, Bender recorded his first album, titled Baby Doll, for Epic Records. Bender's manager Terryl L. Calloway later stated about Baby Doll: "It didn't sell. The video was never [released]. The record didn't sell anything."

Bender nevertheless went on to secure a $500,000 contract with EastWest Records. He signed a seven-album contract, although only one album on that contract was released before his death.

The album Draped hit No. 92 on the Billboard magazine R&B album chart. His two charted singles "I Knew" and "That's Not The Way" broke into the top 70 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Other songs he was known for included "Who Will I Choose" and "Kiss and Make Up".

On November 3, 1991, Bender was shot and killed in Brockton, while sitting in a car outside the housing project where his mother lived.


Christopher Bender was shot at 2:20 a.m. as he sat behind the wheel of his Mercedes Benz in front of the Crescent Court apartments where he grew up and where his mother still lives. A family member said Bender was hit by seven bullets, but police would only say he was struck by more. Eroy Kindell was convicted of second degree murder and has been recently released from prison. His accomplice Stephen "Sticks" Fernandes was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

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