Lee Green, a senior wrestler, smiled while reminiscing about his friend.
“If we were walking somewhere, he was always walking all big and buff,” Green said. “He was just a great guy, always a smile on his face. He was always there for me.”
Baker, 15, was a quarterback on the El Reno football team. But the school’s principal, Pat Litiker, said he was much more than just an athlete.
“Just a good kid, I knew (Baker) was God-centered,” Litiker said.
“He had a great respect for his friends. Everybody liked him.”
Classes resumed Wednesday after the week began with consecutive snow cancellation days. Dozens of counselors were available to students and faculty as the school reassembled for the first time since the accident. Litiker said Wednesday marked the first step toward a long recovery process for the entire community.
“We got by the first day-to-day, which was tough,” Liticker said.
“I anticipate tomorrow might be a little easier ...The good positive for us is that Thursday and Friday, we’re going to have area basketball tournaments...to go cheer and do something normal, to laugh and have fun, I think that’s something we all need right now.”