Chaz Bettencourt







Chaz Bettencourt born September2, 1988 in Modesto, Ca.

Chaz was a very loving, warm hearted young man that would do anything for anyone and ask nothing in return. You would always receive a greeting with a hug, how are you/family and on your departure an I love you & take care.

Join Chaz’s friends and family on his Facebook Memorial Page.

Family was a priority to him along with the abundant “I love you” in the family home. He had two passions in his life. At the age of 6yrs old we enrolled Chaz into West Coast Karate he took great pride in all belts he achieved, he was one level from being a black belt and participated in many tournaments. At age 12 he placed 2nd in GSKA State Finals in California and acquired significant amount of trophies, plaques & medallions to go along with levels of belts that he took such pride in. He then received his first dirt bike at the age of 10yrs old that he & his father had such passion of. The two would faithfully ride every Wednesday, some weekends. Our daughter Katelyn along with myself took interest in riding as well. You would then find us Bettencourt’s fully decked out with our riding gear,bikes,quads & camper for our family camping trips to Hollister, Ca which was his favorite place to ride.

Chaz had his future planned of what he was going to be in life. He communicated so well with people that it lead him into the interest of becoming a counselor but uncertain of the type of one he wanted to be. He was towards the end stage process of enrolling into MJC College in Modesto,Ca, and was to start this up coming year. He wanted to help troubled teens /adults with recovery of substance drug abuse to lead them into a better healthier path of life just like the three teens that took his precious life. His death impacted our community in so many ways that the City of Riverbank has dedicated a tree & plaque in honor of him. This is every parent’s worst nightmare that we would never want to endure or think it would or may happen to us. I was a very lost soul not knowing how, what and where does our family go from here.

Our family has been truly blessed when our paths of journey crossed and became part of the NOVJL, along with getting to know Jennifer & Bill Jenkins. I highly recommend the book written by Bill Jenkins What To Do When The Police Leave. I had NO idea of all the organizations, support, victims rights, bereavement of grief that are out there. We thank you both so very much and proud to be part of this organization.

At this time to bring you up to date we are in the process of the pre-trial on behalf of Our Angel Chaz. We love & miss you so Son for it’s not goodbye. Its see you later as we will meet you at the “Corssroads in the Sky” for God has you in his keepsake…We will always have you in our hearts.

Dad,Mom & Sissy

Dad’s Poem To Chaz

I’m back home to face what I lost, would do anything to have you back no matter the cost.
Got off track and starting living my life ruff, couldn’t find anything out there that could numb me enough.
Your sister has been the strongest in this time of pain. Strength, courage and respect are what she gained.
You would be so proud of her without any doubt. Missing your laugh when mom yells at Logan “to get the heck out”.
A big smile never left your face, no one ever will be able to take your place.
Always there with a joke to tell, I now go in your room for a breath of how you use to smell.
I miss the dirt bike trips we use to make. Riding every Wednesday neither would flake.
A chunk of my heart is forever gone, weeping from loosing you from dusk till dawn,
Its time for me to pick up and move forward and heel, knowing now only those who lost a child truly know how I feel.
I’m reaching out asking for help from Family & Friends as for my road to recovery may never end.
I love you Chaz each & every day knowing now, that God called you up and had his say.
I’ll see you in Heaven my only son, when I get there have the bikes ready… So we can have fun

From Uncle

Chaz was only 21 when he was murdered. He and a friend had went to a local convenience store to purchase some snacks. When they walked out of the store to their car they were approached by 3 young men. 2 of the 3 suspects pulled out guns and demanded the car keys. What happened next we have not been told yet by the police, but Chaz’s friend ran back into the store to ask the clerk to call 911 when 2 shots rang out.

The friend then ran back outside to find Chaz on the ground having been shot twice. Chaz died by the time the ambulance arrived. Police identified the assailants, they are Daniel Pantoja 18, Turlock Diaz 14 and Jah-Kari Phyall 15. All 3 are documented gang members with several prior arrests.

The irony in all of this is Chaz planned on going to school to become a counselor to help the exact kids who killed him.

Thank you for all for support,

Kevin Bettencourt

10 Responses to Chaz Bettencourt

  1. Mary Lundgren says:

    The first time I met Chaz, he was maybe 18 months-2 years old. He was the happiest little toddler with the biggest smile! He had came to MN to witness his Uncle and to be Auntie get married. I have watched Chaz grow up from a distance, with pictures and updates through family and the like. He had grown up to be such a wonderful young man and I was proud to know he was a relative, albeit distant. His murder has rocked his entire family’s foundation.
    When the gangbangers decided to murder Chaz, all to be part of a ‘family’….their is concept is greatly construde, considering they ripped to shreds the core meaning of family and destroyed it. Not only have they affected the lives of the Bettencourt family, but, also, the ENTIRE extended family.
    Chaz had a chance to help the same sort of people that murdered him, a bit irony here. I believe Chaz’ death is going to be used to help these types of ‘people’ to not turn out like the ones that murdered him in cold blood.
    My love goes out as always to the entire Bettencourt family and God will give you the strength and peace and justice you so rightfully deserve.

    • Michelle Bettencourt says:

      Mary thank you for all the love & support you have given to us. Family is so important no matter the distance. I’m so touched by your post your memories are to embrace until we meet him in Eterninty. I appreciate all your effort & work on help fighting SB9.

      Love & God Bless

      Michelle Bettencourt

  2. Shirley Bettencourt says:

    Chaz has been in my heart and my life since the day he was born. I miss his voice, the “I love you”, his sillyness, his wise words, his kindness, and that “smile” that would light up and touch your heart. His Sunday dinners at our house was something that him and I looked forwarded to with a lot of laughing and teasing. I always made his favorite Angel Food cake, along with everything else he found to eat. He is missed at family gatherings, holidays , and every single day. We were so proud of the man that Chaz became and with the focus on the future he was planning. He would have changed so many lives. We have so many memories of the good times that will stay with us forever. And, of course, the “what if”………???? You made a difference in all of lives Chaz and that will be with us forever. God is the lucky one now. Always in my heart; I love you. Grandma Shirley.

    His smile would make your heart wam and his was.

  3. katelyn bettencourt says:

    My names katelyn bettencourt, Chaz bettencourts sister. My brother was a warm hearted Happy go lucky man. He will always be remembered with his “I love You” and that precious smile.
    I speak for alot of Homicide families that are not aware of the SB9 Bill.
    We ask for you to vote against SB9. Think about it…
    Did the victims deserve to die?
    Do the juveniles deserve a get out of jail free card?
    How fair is it for the victims familys? Do they deserve it?
    Do the victims have the option of 2nd chance of life?
    Unlike the victims?
    Do you really think their brains aren’t developed enough?
    Dont you think they had the brains to purchase , let alone clock a gun n pull the trigger, or even get a knife and use it?
    ((77% of homicides in the US are used with guns))
    Do you think its ok for mother or fathers or family members of the murderers to preach about how their children weren’t thinking?
    Dont you think if its a juvenile the mother,father,or family member should have been responsible for the juvenile and watched their actions?
    Think About It.
    Chaz didn’t deserve this and neither did any other victim .
    We’re asking for help . All of us.
    Help us heal with such a tragic loss. Help us feel healed knowing theres no silver platter being held out for these juvenile murderers.
    And before you say no,
    What if it was your child,nephew,niece,cousin..Any loved one.
    How would you feel?

    Thank you and God Bless

  4. chris kelly says:

    im very sorry for chaz rest in peace.

  5. Michelle Bettencort says:

    I only have a picture now, a frozen piece of time, to remind me how it was when you were here & mine. I see your smiling eyes, each morning when I awake. I talk to you each morning & place a kiss upon the picture of your lovely face.
    How much I miss you being here, I can not say the ache is deep inside my heart & never goes away. I hear it mentioned often, that time will heal the pain, but if I’m being honest, I hope it will remain.
    I need to feel you constantly, to get me through the day. I Love You So Very Much Son- Why did they have to take you away? I know the Angel’s came & took you, that really want’s fair-
    For they took my one & only son, My Future, Life, My Heir. If they had asked me if I would take your place… I would willingly leave you in the “Lord’s World of Grace”.

    You had so many years ahead of you, a life of yours to unfold, and in the mist of all of this… You will only watch me grow old. I worry everyday if your alright along with your Sister too, for she is my only reasoning of each morning I awake.
    I read so very often Son the letters we have written, as one day It occurred to me, you answered my weary question… I know now how much you knew, I Loved You! As all parents must wonder this same question too.

    For this is not good-bye Son, Just my memories to embrace until….” I meet you at the crossroads in the sky” Where you will take my hand & walk with me through the Heavenly Lords Gracious Gates ….xoxoxo

    Love & Miss you so,

  6. Jtoledo66 says:

    Praying for my brave friend Michelle and her beautiful family. May God bless you and comfort you. Chaz was a sweet, wonderful boy and you did an amazing job with him. We love you so much and will be here to support you.Proud of your strength and courage as you endure this battle. Love you- Jen and girls

  7. i have known chaz for years and he was such a good friend and i miss him so much.i wasnt around when he passed but.R.I.P.

    • Thank you Jessica for taking the time to express & honor our Son Chaz. Know he is alwyas with you & thinks of you too. We appreciate these messages,thoughts ect.. It comforts our heart to know you still think of him:) Love & God Bless .. The Bettencourts

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