Teammates share their thoughts on slain ECU baseball player

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- People who knew him said Christopher Lane always had a smile on his face, and was always there to cheer you up.

That's what teammate, Cale Russell, said who even had a smile on his face whenever Lane's name came up.

"He was just always fun to be around," Russell said. "He was always up tempo and up beat. You couldn't ever tell if he was sad or mad or whatever it was...he always had that Chris Lane smile on his face."

According to Duncan Police, Lane was shot and killed Friday afternoon while going for a jog in Duncan.

One of the teens admitted to shooting Lane "for the fun of it."

Teammate, Sam Malchar, said Lane was one of his best friends, and made an impact in many people's lives.

"Not just my friend, he was everybody's friend," Malchar said. "He was the kind of guy that everybody loved. It wasn't like he had a clique. He was everybody's best friend."

Malchar says he and Lane were both majoring in Finance, and shared classes together. He says Lane wanted to be a real estate agent after college.

"When you talk to him, you can relate to him, and he's one of those guys that's simple to talk to," said Malchar. "He always told me he could sell a boat in a desert because he just has that voice and he's calm, but just this charming guy."

Russell, who played Catcher -- the same position as Lane -- says he was not only a mentor to him, but his teammates as well.

He said their season won't be the same without him this year.

"He was like the glue that kept us together," Russell said.

Lane's teammates both said the Chris Lane Memorial Fund is now up and running for those who wish to donate to help send Lane back to his family in Australia.

The fund is being set up through Bank of the West on 606 East Main Street in Ada. They can be reached at (580) 332-2910.

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