2 Oklahoma teens charged in Australian baseball player's killing

Christopher Lane, 23, was found about 3 p.m. Friday, with a gunshot wound to his lower back on Country Club Road just south of Twilight Beach Drive in Duncan, Police Chief Danny Ford said. Three teenagers are suspects in the slaying the police chief said.
by Matt Dinger Published: August 19, 2013

“He did tell us where they left the gun, and they have scoured the area, but we have not recovered the weapon,” Ford said.

Baseball player

Lane played baseball for the ECU Tigers and started 14 games as a catcher earlier this year, according to the Tigers website. He is from Melbourne, Australia, and also played baseball at a prep school in a suburb of that city before attending Redlands Community College in El Reno, according to the Tigers website.

Tyler Iago met Lane at Redlands, where they played together for two seasons before Lane earned his associate degree and moved to Ada to complete his bachelor's degree in business.

“I'm a pitcher, and he's a catcher. Anyone who knows baseball knows the relationship between pitcher and catcher is one-of-a-kind,” Iago said.

“We've seen each other at our worst, and we've seen each other at our best. Nine months of the year for two years straight, every day of the year,” he said.

Iago said when he suffered an elbow injury, Lane — who had suffered a shoulder injury and also missed a season — was there to empathize.

“He really picked me up and helped me stay positive through the whole thing. He was really there for me,” Iago said.

Lane regularly visited Duncan to visit his girlfriend, Sarah Harper, Iago said. The couple had made the relationship, which spanned not only the state but continents, work through the four years.

“This summer, she went back with him (to Australia), and they spent all summer together. He always found a way to make it work,” Iago said.

Iago and another former Redlands teammate put together the Christopher Lane fund through the crowdfunding site GoFundMe on Monday. The fund was created cover the cost of taking his body to Melbourne and his funeral arrangements.

Nearly $1,300 of the $15,000 goal had been reached by 8:30 p.m. Monday.

“It hit us pretty hard. It happened to be me and three of his former teammates together when we found out. It's weighed heavy on our hearts. Anything that we're able to do locally here, I feel it's the least we can do for him for all the things he's done for us over the past two years,” Iago said.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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