Chris Bender

Chris Bender, 19, recording artist on the Atco/EastWest label, was shot to death Nov. 3 in front of the Brockton, Mass., housing project where he was raised.

Bender’s first album, “Draped,” was released last July by East West, which merged with Atco Records two months later to form Atco/EastWest. At the time of his death, Bender was taking a short break from a promotional tour in support of the disc, per his label.

According to an EastWest statement, Bender was sitting in his car with his 17-year-old cousin when three hooded gunmen approached the vehicle and opened fire. Bender died a short time later at Brockton Hospital. His cousin was not injured. As of presstime, police had no suspects.

The youngest of six children, Bender co-founded his first professional vocal group at age 14. He signed with EastWest in 1990.

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