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Jun 22, 2014 1:33 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Cyclist killed was on early morning routine

TUCSON - Kris Chambers was a passionate bicyclist who woke up early every day, before being hit and killed by a car Wednesday morning.

Wendi Mabee had known Chambers about 4 years.

"She was probably on her way to the Santa Cruz River path," she said. "But she liked to get out early before it got too hot in the summertime."

She lived close to the intersection of Speedway Boulevard and Main Avenue where she was hit before 6 a.m. that morning.

Chambers was always ready to bring her truck and maintenance skills to help any friend.

"She would be willing to help you in any situation," Kim Hoback said. "I called on her several times for various things, and she was always, 'When and where?'"

But Hoback said she will miss more than just her desire to give.

"It was so much fun to hear her laugh," she said. "She laughed with her whole soul."

Chambers was from the San Francisco area. She had lived in Tucson about 7 years. She just finished massage school and was trying to start a new business.

She also advocated helping other local businesses.

"When the Fourth Avenue was all ripped up, she organized dinners to help support all the local businesses Downtown," Mabee said.

Chambers was involved with the non-profit bicycling group called BICAS. BICAS will host a vigil for Chambers Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at 44 West 6th Street.

The driver who hit Chambers, Gerardo Cazares, is charged with Second Degree Murder. He admitted smoking "synthetic marijuana," also known as "K-2" or "spice," and he possessed a pipe with residue with him after the crash, according to Tucson Police. His bond was set at $30,000.

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