MacCallum's Wife and Children Mourn Loss; Murder Investigation Ongoing

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, November 26 2012 at 9:43 PM, Updated: Tue, November 27 2012 at 12:46 AM

Siskiyou County Sheriffs say they think a 34-year-old cabbie from Medford may have been murdered around his birthday.

His wife tonight says she just found out, her husband Michael Christopher MacCallum, who went by Chris, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

He is the second Medford cab driver to be killed in recent weeks.

At this point, Medford Police said they don't think the two cases are related.

However, Chris' wife Tricia MacCallum, said she has noticed eery similarities between her husband's case and the William "Huey" Huson murder in Medford last month. She said both of them were shot, both cab drivers and both killed on their birthdays.

As the investigation continues, MacCallum's family is mourning the loss of a husband and father.

Eight year old Eric and his little sister three-year-old Cora are without a father.

"He was a great dad, I wish he wasn't passed away," said Eric.

"I'm still having trouble with the reality of it," said MacCallum's wife, Tricia.

The 34-year-old's body was found last week at the bottom of a steep cliff near Applegate and the Oregon-California border. 

He was a driver for Checker Cab in Medford and also worked at FTD.

"I just had that released to me that the cause of death was that he was shot...multiple times," said Tricia MacCallum.

She said two weekends ago she, her sister and Chris went camping, but she said she began getting cold. So, she left. However Chris, decided to stay behind.

"He didn't want his camping trip to be a failure because it was his birthday trip. He'd invited people, no one had shown up yet. It's possible he was sure someone was going to show up," she recalled.

But when she returned the next morning...

"The tent wasn't there and Chris wasn't there."

That's when she says authorities began looking for Chris as a missing person. The investigation...soon turning to murder.

"If I would have stayed, I wonder if my children would be orphans today. So i'm glad I came home too...I just wish he would have come with me," she said.

Now two children, are missing their dad.

"When he made a promise he did it," began Eric.

"I think he's always watching me because he's a great dad and he's watching mommy and all his family and his loved ones. He defended us. I want to say thank you," he said.

And little three-year-old Cora wanting to say a few words to her dad too...

"I love you daddy."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office at 530-841-2900.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

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