Memorial Planned for Son of Horseman Kip Elser

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Cup offices on Springdale Race Course in Camden, S. C. in memory of Christopher Elser, son of horseman Kip Elser, who died Sunday evening from stab wounds suffered at his John Hopkins University fraternity's apartment house.

Elser, who did not live at the apartments, was at the 10-unit complex for a party that was broken up by police about 4 a.m. Sunday morning. He decided to stay overnight at the complex so a fraternity brother could use his room and have a quiet place to study for exams, according to the Baltimore Sun.

About two hours after the party broke up, an injured Elser made his way to a neighboring bedroom where a fraternity brother assisted him. With stab wounds to his chest and left arm, Elser made a brief description of the attack before collapsing.

Kip Elser, a prominent pinhooker who also owns Kirkwood Stables training center in Camden, S.C., was at his son's side when he died at 5:50 p.m. Afterward he made this statement: "This is a tragic waste of a wonderful life. Christopher had already achieved so much, made so many friends, and had an incredible future in front of him."

Police say the attack appears to be random and there is no suspect information.

"It was a very vague description, and he did not describe the person as someone he knows or was familiar with," said a spokesperson for the Baltimore police.

Elser, 20, was a junior at Johns Hopkins majoring in economics. A native of Camden, Elser played on the John Hopkins soccer team his freshman year. He also worked for Fasig-Tipton during the Saratoga yearling sales since 1990.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Cup offices on Springdale Race Course in Camden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice or to:
South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
c/o Beverly Odom
P.O. Box 280
Camden, S.C. 29020

In addition to his father, Christopher is survived by his mother, Rhetta Elser, and younger sister, Taylor Elser.

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