ECU, RCC retire slain Australian teammate's jersey numbers

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ADA, OK - Wednesday afternoon ECU and Redlands Community College took to the diamond to retire Chris Lane's jersey and remember their teammate and friend.

"The thing that stands out in my mind about Chris is his voice," said teammate and friend Michael Mariano. "And how he was so vocal on the field and in the locker room."

The 22-year-old Australian native had a baseball scholarship to ECU and was shot in August. Chris's father Peter Lane traveled all the way from Australia to Ada where both teams gave him his son's jersey to take home. He also threw out the first pitch of the exhibition game.

"All the people here have contributed to the person he was and he was a good person" said Peter Lane, Chris's dad. "So to have them pay respect is very nice."

Redlands coach Matt Newgent said they're paying that respect to remember Lane's life.

"And all the good-hearted ribbing that Chris brought to the clubhouse that's what today's about what I want to focus on," said Newgent. "That's what I want to remember about Chris."

For those who knew Lane best the ceremony hit home.

"It's a plus and a minus, a lot of people paid the respect," said Peter Lane. "You probably never hear all those things, but the circumstances you hear them and you wish you could change them."

Redlands and ECU said they are keeping one of Lane's framed jersey's permanently on their campuses.

Three Duncan teens are awaiting trial in Chris's murder. One initially told investigators they did it out of boredom.


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