Chris Rodriguez is out of ICU, starting therapy


Update: The benefit concert is from 2-7 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 10) at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. More information can be found here.

Christopher Rodriguez is in good spirits, is recovering more quickly than expected and has left the intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital-Oakland. The 10-year-old now spends part of his day in a wheelchair and, according to his mom, is trying to do “wheelies.”

“He has not cried. He’s taken everything as a champ,” his dad said.

Christopher, who was critically injured and paralyzed by a stray bullet that sailed through the wall of his music school Jan. 10, knows he won’t be able to walk for years, at least, his father said.

But Christopher and his family are hoping that developing technologies might eventually help cure his paralysis. In the meantime, family and friends are planning upcoming fundraising events:

  • Feb. 10, at Chapel of the Chimes, by Harmony Road Music School
  • March 24, at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square

I’ll post the details as they come in. Or, if you know something I don’t (which is entirely possible) please share it. I’m forwarding this link to the family, so feel free to post messages to them.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Sue

    Go, Chris, go!

  • tom rose

    Hi Chris and family, just sent you off a check for $400 which came from donations from myself and my music students. None of us have ever met you but we musicians do stick together and although small we hope this helps. I’ll be attending the Feb. 10 concert as well and my group also has a show in Pleasanton on Feb. 15 where we plan to raise more for your recovery. Know that the best thoughts of many good people are with you and we wish you and your family much love and God’s blessing. Take care, Tom Rose (Runzo’s Music, Dublin, CA.)

  • Sue

    Does anyone know what time the event is at Chapel of the Chimes?

    How about a street address?

    I’d love to go, but have a busy day tomorrow (passport applications), so I need a bit more info.

  • Katy Murphy

    Sorry, I should have posted this earlier. The benefit concert is from 2-7 p.m. Sunday. Chapel of the Chimes is at 4499 Piedmont Ave. Here’s more information:


  • Sue

    Thanks, Katy!

    Maybe we’ll see you there.

  • Wayne Ward


    I wish you the very, very best. You seem like a very gifted and wonderful child with the best parents a kid could ask for. God has very big plans for you, please continue your speedy recovery.

    God Bless You,

  • Thomas Bailey

    Jared Adams’s wages should be garnished to pay Christopher’s medical bills. Also, Jared’s assets should be seized for the same purpose. As he is in prison, he will not need them. Jared should also pay for the rehabilitative services. I think Christopher’s hospital bill should scare some sense into Jared. If not, a stern letter demanding that the hospital bill be paid immediately. If that does not work, maybe a threat of garnishment, asset seizure, or other legal action, provided that there is the intent to do so.