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Death of autism advocate Chris Miller now under investigation; mother seeking answers

Chris Miller
Posted at 10:56 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 21:39:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — You may recognize Chris Miller as Captain Spectrum. He created this alter ego and hero after being bullied at school. Chris attempted suicide at 12 years old, but when he was released from the hospital, he decided to become an advocate for anti-bullying and autism awareness.

"Christopher is a miracle to the world," said Crystal Miller, his mom.

Most recently Chris was taking college classes at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Paris. It's located in Paris, Tennessee.

His mother tells NewsChannel5 earlier this month, Chris was in the back of a pick-up putting trash into a dumpster on campus, when the vehicle pulled away and he fell off the back. Chris fractured his skull.

He was life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had been at the ICU in a medically induced coma.

Days later, unfortunately, Chris passed away. He was 19 years old.

Miller is very frustrated that she's not getting any answers about how or why it happened.

The Paris Police Department is now investigating Chris' death. Sgt. Derek Colley is the lead detective.

"We are trying to determine if this was a tragic accident or was there some kind of wrongdoing,” said assistant police chief Ean Reed. "We hope to be bringing this investigation to a close in the near future."

Miller has now hired an attorney, Peter Olson.

The funeral service for Chris will be held Saturday at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home in Clarksville.

Visitation is at 11 a.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m.