Memorial held for Del Mar hit-run victim

SAN DIEGO - Friends and colleagues Thursday celebrated the life of a 27-year-old marine biologist who was killed in a hit-and-run last week in Del Mar.

On the night of March 28, 27-year-old Rachel Morrison and a friend were in a crosswalk at Caminito Del Mar and Coast Boulevard when a speeding car ran a stop sign and struck Morrison. The driver kept going, while Morrison died from her injuries.

San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies later arrested 41 year-old Christopher Stockmeyer at his home near Bird Rock. Stockmeyer is charged with DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
Morrison was a marine biologist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Today, more than 200 people filled an ocean-front auditorium at Scripps to celebrate her life.
“(When) I think of Rachel, it’s just as an inspiration,” friend and co-worker Maggie Johnson told 10News. “She really had it together. She was organized. She knew what she wanted to do.  She was kind, caring, willing to give anything for anybody else.”

Many said she was passionate about science, especially if it involved the water.  She was also an adventurer with an “all-in” attitude.

The memorial included dozens of photographs which showed Morrison on the water, hiking and sky-diving. Afterwards, a handful of friends dove into the ocean in honor of Morrison.

Some friends told 10News they plan to attend Stockmeyer’s arraignment next week.

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