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August 20, 2013

Slain ECU player lauded by coach, teammate

Ada —

An East Central University baseball player who was gunned down Friday in Duncan was described as a great teammate and an excellent student-athlete by his coach and a fellow ballplayer.

Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old Australian national, died after being shot in the back Friday afternoon in a drive-by shooting, Danny Ford, Duncan police chief, told The Ada News. Three juveniles, ages 15, 16, and 17, are being held in the Stephens County jail on a complaint of first-degree murder. Two of the juveniles were not talking to police, Ford said, but the 17-year-old has told Ford that the shooter was the 16-year-old.

Ford told The Ada News that Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks has said he would probably release the names of the juveniles as soon as they appear in district court, perhaps as early as today.

Lane was shot and killed at 2:57 p.m. Friday. Officers initiated a manhunt and, after receiving a phone tip at 7:05 p.m., found three young men near a black Honda Civic in the parking lot of a church. The youths had allegedly gone to a house across the street from the church and were “wanting to kill somebody,” Ford said. He said the juveniles were uncooperative and detectives were called to the scene.

Ford said the boys claimed they were “bored and had nothing to do.” He said the boys were in a house located on Country Club Road when they saw Lane leave his place of residence to go jogging north on that road. 

“These three saw the jogger go by. It was random,” Ford told the Duncan Banner.

A dismantled shotgun was found in the back of the Civic, but not the gun that was used to shoot Lane. That gun has not yet been recovered.

Lane, of Melbourne, had only returned from Australia three days earlier. He was staying with his girlfriend, Sarah Harper, and her family in Duncan. The couple had spent most of the summer in Australia. He had transferred to ECU from Redlands Junior College and was majoring in finance.

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