WESTWEGO—Chris Henry's fiancee wept as she spoke about the Cincinnati Bengals receiver at his funeral Tuesday, and she said while she may have helped steer him out of trouble, he changed her life.
The 26-year-old Henry was killed after he fell out of a pickup truck bed being driven by his fiancee, Loleini (loh-LAY'-nee) Tonga, during what police described as a domestic dispute.
Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed. Police say Tonga stopped to help Henry when he fell about a half-mile from their North Carolina home.
Tonga says nobody feels what she's feeling right now. She says she and Chris loved each other very much. The coupld were raising three kids.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Henry's teammates were among the hundreds who packed the New Orleans Hornets practice facility in Westwego for the funeral. The Bengals wore round lapels with Henry's No. 15. Many others wore red ribbons with a small photo of Henry that read: "In loving memory" and "Chris 'Slim' Henry."
Goodell says everyone makes mistakes. He described Henry as a young man who struggled, made decisions he regretted but ultimately put himself on the right path.