Name : Hoban, Christopher 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 25547 Command: Manhattan North Narcotics
Date of Death: 1988-10-18   Cause of Death: Shot-Warrant execution
 On October 18, 1988, at 7:00 P.M., Police Officer Christopher Hoban and another undercover narcotics officer entered an apartment on West 105th Street in Manhattan to make a narcotics buy.

Inside the apartment, Chris and his partner were confronted by 3 men who suspected them of being police officers. A struggle began and shots were fired. During the exchange of gunfire, one was killed and Officer Hoban was struck twice. Police Officer Hoban was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital where he died of his wounds. The other suspects were sentenced to 25 years to life.

Officer Hoban had been with the NYPD for four years. He was 26 years old.

Note: Officers Michael Buczek and Christopher Hoban were killed within hours of each other in seperate shootings in Manhattan. This was the first time in NYPD history two officers were killed in seperate incidences on the same day.
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Comments from Friends    
Chris is like the light that shines through the dakness and the dakness will never overcome it............God bless you Chris and may you look over your brothers and sisters who continue the battle. You will be in our minds and hearts forever
— William B. Mielko

Chris and I attended OLPH Grammer school. Chris always had a smile on his face, and was a great friend. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
— Tom Carney

Dear Cuz. I really miss you down here it ain't the same as when you were here. I can't believe it's already been 16yrs since you been gone with Mike. Though I am glad that we did catch your killers and they do deserve the punishment they get. I will always love you and Dad that is with you right now. You guys are always on my mind and never ever will leave it, because you are very special to me. Love always your cousin Packy McNeely
— Patrick J. McNeely APO 120th

My name is Michele and I have know Chris and his family all of my life. We went on vacation with him and his family to Big India, NY. He always had a joke, or was very kind and we laughed alot as kids. I didn't get to see him much as an adult only once and that was at our mutual friends funeral, for John. I felt privileged to know him. His mom and my mom were neighbors since they were kids. I think his brothers and mother and father were always kind to us. It broke my heart to hear he was dead and I am so sad that he is not here to share in all his brother's fun and his mother's life. She is one classy lady! Be happy Chris and one day we'll all meet again. Love Michele
— Michele Hughes (Steele)

Chris was my cousin. He was 3 months younger than me. Growing up in Brooklyn we made a strange looking pair. I was always towering over Chris, and out weighed him by at least 50 lbs. It seems unreal it has been 18 years since he was murdered. And the world still seems a little less than it was. He would have been 44 years old this year (2006). Bless you Chris. You will alwways be remembered. Your cousin, Joe.
— Joe LaMonica

Rest in Peace
— Anthony

rest in peace.Every time I glance at the street sign in front of Xavarian H.S.with your name on it I say a small prayer..bless you.
— sjs
Posted: November 7, 2006, 7:46 am

I was Chris Hoban's Law Instructor at the Police Academy. Chris was a very good student, always paid attention. You could see he was going to be a very good police officer. I attended his funeral in Brooklyn that cold dreary day. He was buried with his brother officer Michael Buczek. At one point right before the mass the heavy oak church doors blew open and you could hear the police bagpipes on the street below. I'll never forget that. Chris and Mike may you rest in peace. James Sullivan, Retired Sergeant, NYPD
— James Sullivan
Posted: February 3, 2007, 6:33 pm

Rest in peace Chris.
Posted: June 16, 2007, 8:17 pm

R.I.P. Chris from an friend from the 77 pct.
— angelo grieco
Posted: May 26, 2008, 11:22 pm

I was in Christopher Hoban's Police Academy Class 84-91 and worked with him in the 77th Pct. It was the sadest day in my life when I found out he died, my son is named Christopher after him, not I day goes by without me thinking of him. It is hard to believe it is going to be twenty years since his death.
— Retired Sgt. Paul Zazzero
Posted: September 18, 2008, 7:47 pm

It's hard to believe 20 years have passed. We all know what type of man Chris was and its hard not to think of what type of man he would be today. I'm sure his death changed the way we the members of MNND live our life till today. He will never be forgotten. UC#665
— UC#665
Posted: October 18, 2008, 11:37 am

I didn't know Chris, but my parents did. I visit his grave every time I'm at the cementary to see my grandmother. My parents talk about him often, and how he impacted their lives. May he rest in peace. My love to him & his family
— Kelsey
Posted: March 12, 2009, 10:10 am

RIP Chris from your family in the UK
— Claire Hoban
Posted: June 11, 2009, 11:19 am

I knew Christopher as a young boy of 12. His mother was my Mother's best friend. Margaret Lee (BONO)I played stick ball across the street from Our Lady of Perpetual Help. When I found out it really hit me, especially about drugs and drug dealers. I came from an alcoholic family , and Chris's Dad Bud drank alot also. What worse? It is all worse . By the Grace of JESUS CHRIST IAM still here at age 49. God bless Christopher for his Job was one that needs to be done.
— Ted Lee
Posted: September 10, 2009, 7:26 pm

Rest In Peace.
— Nancy Forni
Posted: October 19, 2009, 2:26 pm

I met Chris when I was a teenager in Brooklyn and worked with him at Kresge's on 49th -50th street. He and I spoke about school since we were brother, sister schools, O.L.P.H. and Xaverian. I moved to Florida and heard of his death on the news. I still find it hard to believe that he is gone. He is greatly missed.
— Joan Higgins
Posted: November 3, 2009, 8:22 pm

I attended Xaverian with Chris for 4 years. I have very fond memories of Chris. He was an inspiration, a friend, and will be an ever lasting beaming light. Even after 30 years.
— A Friend
Posted: March 21, 2010, 9:04 pm

Every day you are somewhere in my thoughts!! Forever missed!!
— cynthia
Posted: April 21, 2010, 8:02 pm

It was the 18th not the 17th: I was there !
— W Ryan
Posted: May 3, 2010, 11:27 pm

Happy Birthday in Heaven Chris.....
— Tommy Hoban
Posted: May 7, 2010, 9:10 am

Number 1 UC rest in peace. I still remember that dreadful night. You will never be forgotten. MNND 4 EVER! The "PEG"
— The "PEG"
Posted: June 8, 2010, 11:58 am

I worked with Chris in the 88 Pct. We were in the same squad and worked several times together in a sector on patrol. I remember him as a quiet guy, but good and eager cop!!!! Some people in life you never forget.....he is definitely one of them!!!!!
— Steve Patino
Posted: June 16, 2010, 11:49 am

Remember the day all to well 10/18/88. My partner Cyril K. and I were the first on the scene and broke the door down to gain access to the Apt. on W 105 between CPW and Manhattan Ave. We carried Chris Hoban down 3 flights of stairs to a RMP that raced him to St Lukes Hospital. RIP Brother ...... We later testified at his Murder trial and sent that piece of SH-T ! to Prison for 53 years to LIFE. May GOD Bless Christopher, His Family and the NYPD
— Ret. PO Bob Reimertz
Posted: June 25, 2010, 9:55 am

Chris, i always think about you and i will always love you! you are my angel!
— g
Posted: October 11, 2010, 10:40 pm

Worked with "Mugsy" at MNND and played alot of basketball with him also.Held your hand as you passed and feel you in my heart everyday my friend......MNND for ever!!!!
— Mike Vazquez
Posted: October 31, 2010, 4:45 pm

I went to OLPH grammer school with Cris, in Bay Ridge. We lived on different streets and so never really hung out with the same people but whenever we saw eachother, we always had a good converstion and remained friends until that day. I remeber that night, I was sleeping, when now retired officer and childhood friend Tom Fitzgerald banged on my bedroom window and told me the news. It is a dy I think of often and will never forget that night or Chris. I have a 3rd grade class picture of him on my facebook page if anyone cares to see it. Just type in my name or OLPH and you should find it. I wanted to post it here but I don"t see an option for that here. Rest in Peace my friend,Rest in Peace.
— Bobby (Robert) Kulik
Posted: November 14, 2010, 9:28 pm

i never met you but i think about you often. i met one of your friends at the National Police Memorial groundbreaking, he gave me a pin with your name on it. i was 9 years old, there to honour my grandfather who was shot and killed in the line of duty. i've been to the memorial several times in dc and i put a rose on your name every time. just know you made a difference and some very unexpected people think of you everyday.
— talia
Posted: January 6, 2011, 9:53 pm

Chris, you will never be forgotten. God Bless you, your Mom and Dad in Heaven!
— B Hoban
Posted: January 22, 2011, 8:56 pm

Knew Chris when we lived in the neighborhood. Always a nice person. It is so sad to hear of his passing. Chris may god hold you dearly.
— liz kaminski
Posted: March 23, 2011, 9:50 pm

RIP Mugsy! Miss you! Hard to believe it's been twenty-three years. I still think of you everytime I hear Hotel California. Man you played that song over and over.
— The "Peg"
Posted: October 18, 2011, 9:49 am

Twenty-Three years ago the lives of the Hoban family (and extended family and friends) was ripped apart. Nothing has ever been the same since.. Christopher is the definition of a GentleMan.. this is a great loss to all who knew and loved him!!! Love you Christopher.. the years have not erased one memory!!!!!
— Nikki Gazis
Posted: October 18, 2011, 2:33 pm

23 years ago, unbelievable. Seems like yesterday, we were hanging out in the Bean Post, having a few laughs. Chris was a good man, and a good friend. I know you've been watching over us. God Bless my friend....
— Chris
Posted: October 18, 2011, 4:17 pm

23 years...hard to believe.Great cop,brother,son and friend. Missed always now at home with Tina and Buddy.Your namesake Chris to carry on. Peace and God Bless to Marty,Miriam,Tommy and Chris!! Always in our Hearts,Collins Family and your friends from OLPH and Brooklyn-Keep NYPD,NYFD,our troops,all uniformed services and civilians safe.
— chopper
Posted: October 18, 2011, 8:55 pm

I was there that day also. I remember it clearly. I received a phone call from my father asking me if I had seen the papers. I said 'no'. He told me it was going to shock me. "Your Aunt and Uncle are on the front page, Chris has been killed. The shivers that flew through my body at that moment are indescribable. But nothing like the ones I had as I rode behind the hearse on the way to the funeral. Lines and lines of Blue. As far as I could see. Saluting, crying in agony at their fallen brother. I was bawling my eyes out and could not think or even see through my tears. When we entered the Church it was already filled with people, dignitaries and priests. As the bagpipes played I took comfort in the Word. When Mass was ended we left to the hymn: I am the Bread of Life. The words: I am the bread of life He who comes to me shall not hunger He who believes in me shall not thirst No one can come to me Unless the father beckons And I will raise you up On the last day. Whenever I hear that Hymm I cry to this very day.. I miss you Chris.. God Bless you and God Bless every man and woman on the Force..
— John
Posted: February 22, 2012, 12:39 pm

25 years and it still feels like yesterday. Chris I hope you are enjoying eternal life on the other side with mom and dad. Till we meet again my friend.
— Brian Maguire
Posted: October 17, 2013, 11:44 pm

Po Hoban, that night was one everyone involved will never forget. I did not know you but I know your story. You were taken way to soon, you made a big impact on all who knows you, My son graduated Xaverian in 2012 and let it be known the staff of Xaverian will not let you be forgotten by its alumni. You will never be forgotten, your always in our prayers. Rest in Peace Chris, we all know your with God.
— Tommy
Posted: October 18, 2013, 5:04 am

I've lived on the block where Officer Hoban was murdered for 36 years, and raised tow children here, now 28 and 23. I always remember his sacrifice and point out the plaque to new neighbors. He helped make my home safer, and I thank him. I will place some flowers there today in the hope that others will take not and remember his as well
— Elizabeth Kellner
Posted: October 18, 2013, 8:33 am

Officer Hoban you will always be hero. What happen to you was really senseless. You did not deserve that. Every Officer who puts on that uniform understands it's a very dangerous job but they do it anyway because that is who they are. RIP my brother.
— Jason Mesidor
Posted: October 18, 2013, 6:51 pm

All NYorkers owe you more than we know. @105th St. Thank you forever.
— Adolfo Ferrando
Posted: October 19, 2013, 3:54 pm

I just took a moment to reflect on the positive effect Chris had not only as far as my NYPD career was concerned but in my life as a whole. I miss you, Mugsy and I will NEVER forget you and your family.
— D. Wright
Posted: November 22, 2013, 1:33 pm

My friend showed me this and I thought it was a joke. Really sorry that another Christopher Hoban died though.
— Christopher Hoban
Posted: December 13, 2013, 9:46 pm

Where can I start...Chris I grew up together as kids. We lived on the same block and our Birthdays were a day apart. So since their were so many of us on the block every year we would have our parties together. I will never forget that night, he was going to meet me and a group of friends after work, As we were in the bar the news flashed I was shocked...still to this day I can't believe he isn't here anymore....Miss you Chris your are my guardian angel
— Joanne
Posted: April 1, 2014, 1:44 pm

Chris we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace, that night will never be forgotten.
— Tommy
Posted: October 18, 2014, 7:17 pm

Gone but never forgotten. May you continue to RIP.
— Robert Utsey
Posted: October 19, 2014, 6:37 pm

I didn't know Officer Hoban, but I knew his mother Tina our orinciosl's secretary at St Joseph HS in Bklyn. Today we list two more angels. Senseless murders. God keep our officers in your care here on earth and in heaven.
— Jennifer Acosta
Posted: December 20, 2014, 10:13 pm

I didn't know Officer Hoban, but I knew his mother Tina our principal's secretary at St Joseph HS in Bklyn. Today we list two more angels. Senseless murders. God keep our officers in your care here on earth and in heaven.
— Jennifer Acosta
Posted: December 20, 2014, 10:14 pm

Chris today they had a service for one of your own. It brought back the day we said goodbye to you. An ocean of Blue filled fifth Avenue for you that day. I hope that you Mom and Dad can help us out down here. Till we meet again my friend.
— Brian
Posted: December 27, 2014, 12:32 pm

I knew Chris growing up in Brooklyn. I had just moved to the Upper West Side w/my husband who had started his residency at St. Luke's Hospital; He was on call in the ER the night Chris was killed. When I found out, my heart broke. Thanks Chris for all the fun memories at Woodsie's happy hours and ski trips. You will never be forgotten!
— Christine R.
Posted: October 12, 2015, 3:41 pm

RIP Chris !!! Never Forget !!
— Mike D
Posted: October 18, 2016, 5:47 pm

As a former MNND member you will always be remembered. RIP
— Angel Lopez
Posted: October 18, 2016, 8:04 pm



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