Christopher Robin Peraza
May 27, 1997 - August 24, 2000
have had several
requests asking me to add Christopher Robin Peraza to my pages. I am
going to do the best I can with what little seems to be out there about
this case. In fact, an
online search has only turned up one new story and I am wondering how
that is possible. I will continue to search for
more, however, I wanted to add him now.
On August 24, 2000, Christopher disappeared in Gresham, Oregon and
police believed him to have been kidnapped. Gresham Police along with
the FBI and neighbors did a search
for him that lasted for about two weeks. In a house that had been
abandoned, they found Christopher's
decomposing, badly beaten body.
Christopher had been slapped, beaten on his head and face, burned with
a cigarette, cut with glass, strangled with a belt and thrown down a
flight of stairs. Robert Keith McCann, who was
27 years old and had a criminal past, was arrested and charged with
In September of 2000, Robert entered a plea of not guilty to the
kidnapping and aggravated murder of Christopher Robin Peraza. The plea
he entered was a change from the original one in which he had admitted
to what he had done. After the arraignment, Mark McDonnell
"There's nothing worse
than the murder of a child"
that even for the police,
condition of Christopher's body was the worst they had ever seen and it
was difficult to handle. Court documents show that Robert had
admitted to taking Christopher to the house in and killing him. When he
was asked why he killed Christopher, Robert
said that he was mad that he was so fussy and making noise and that
Christopher had interfered in his
relationship with his mother. Robert said that he originally took
to the house to teach him a lesson.
A week later, Christopher was found dead:
nothing that explain this"
Robert's long criminal history started with petty theft, car theft and
other thefts for which he had been convicted and then paroled. Measure
11 was passed in September of 1994 and just two
months before that Robert had ordered a pizza and when the woman
delivered it, he beat her with a wine
bottle. The beating got him a conviction for Assault 2 and he served
two years and three months in prison.
September 11, 2000, Robert was charged with aggravated murder and in
June of 2002, he pled guilty and was sentenced
to life in prison without parole. FINALLY,
life actually MEANS life.
OF BERIANE ELIZABETH WRIGHT VIDAL
BY GRANDMOTHER KIMBERLY WAGNER
I WILL ALWAYS
MISS YOU AND YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. YOU BROUGHT JOY TO OUR
LIVES AND WE KNOW THAT YOU R AT A BETTER PLACE MOMMA AND UNCLE
JESSE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU. SLEEP TIGHT LITTLE ONE
found these while doing more research in December of 2012:
September 18, 2000
GRESHAM (AP) - A candlelight vigil brought neighbors, friends and
relatives together Saturday to remember a 3-year-old Gresham boy
murdered last month.
More than 300 participants listened to poetry readings and music in
memory of Christopher Robin Peraza.
Peraza's body was found in an abandoned house, just three blocks from
where he had disappeared in late August.
Robert Keith McCann, 27, is charged with aggravated murder and
first-degree kidnapping of Peraza.
He allegedly killed the child because he felt the boy interfered in
McCann's relationship with his girlfriend, Peraza's mother.
Monday, September 25, 2000
remember 3-year-old victim during memorial
The Associated Press
Ore. - More
than anything else, his easy, cheeky smile is what family friends
remembered about Christopher Robin Peraza on Saturday at a memorial
Christopher's body was found two weeks ago in an abandoned house after
a 16-day search. Police have charged his mother's boyfriend, Robert K.
McCann, with aggravated murder.
for the short time you were with us, you found a way to our hearts,"
said Kimberly Wagner, a family friend.
110 people came to the memorial service at Bateman Carroll Funeral
Chapel. Many had never met Christopher. The soundtrack from "The Lion
King" played as they filed into the pews and walked past an altar
surrounded by stuffed animals and toy cars.
mother, Beriane Vidal, sat in the front row and sobbed, her head
resting on a friend's shoulder.
was so full of energy he "could make the Energizer Bunny tired," said
Pastor Steve Keels of Good Shepherd Community Church. The boy liked to
wrestle with his mother's friends, and he liked Taco Bell so much that
he'd tug at the steering wheel whenever he went past one.
video tribute showed him celebrating his first birthday with white
frosting smeared across his face.
Bell, 16, arrived more than three hours before the service began. She
had known Christopher for about a year. She brought a single red rose,
the happiest gift she could think of.
never seen a little boy who could wake up every day and not have a bad
day," she said. "He was always happy, always smiling. This is supposed
to be a happy thing, that he's gone to a better place.
I can't even cry anymore, I've cried so much."
first court date is Nov. 9. Police say he tortured and beat Christopher
to death because the boy was interfering in his relationship with
Vidal. He has pleaded not guilty.
funeral home and Forest Lawn Memorial Park will cover the funeral
charges, including the casket. The family is trying to raise enough
money for a headstone. A memorial fund at Washington Mutual banks has
raised about $1,200. Christopher will be buried in a private ceremony
Crawford, 54, came to the memorial service alone. He sat in a back pew,
wiping his eyes. He didn't know Christopher, but he has a 2-year-old
"It just kind of reminded me, `What if something like this happened to
my grandson?' " he said. "I just don't understand why, at such a young
age, things have to happen like this. He didn't even have a chance to
Occurred in the
state of Oregon
you do not like what
you see printed on this page, please see my DISCLAIMER