Oklahoma Christian University hosts private memorial for slain Australian student
Oklahoma Christian University will host a private memorial service for slain Australian college student Chris Lane on Aug. 24, the Associated Press reports.
Lane’s girlfriend, Sarah Harper, attends the Oklahoma City university, associated with Churches of Christ.
Here’s more from the Associated Press:
The random slaying of an Australia native who came to the U.S. to play baseball and earn a college degree has touched hearts in the U.S. and beyond, as tens of thousands of dollars streamed into a fund designed to help Chris Lane’s parents bring their son back home.
Lane, a 22-year-old student at East Central University, was shot in the back and killed last week as he was jogging in an affluent neighborhood in Duncan, in south-central Oklahoma. By Thursday afternoon, a fund set up to help his parents had already amassed more than $107,000, overwhelming the friend who started it.
East Central also set up a separate memorial fund to honor Lane; and a private memorial service was being planned for Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, where Lane’s girlfriend is a student.
“He’s someone you wanted to go out with on a Friday night and you want to be the godfather of your son one day, he’s one of those kind of guys,” said Brock Werdel, a former teammate of Lane’s who is helping organize the service.
Before transferring to East Central University, Lane played baseball at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., under coach Matt Newgent. There he met Harper, a collegiate golfer from Duncan, the AP reports.
“They were really a good couple and fun to be around,” Newgent said.
Harper transferred to Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond during Lane’s last year at Redlands and the couple had a long-distance relationship, visiting each other on weekends. When Lane was looking to move from the community college to a four-year college to finish his degree, he wanted to stay in Oklahoma “because Sarah was in Oklahoma,” Newgent said.
He added that many people thought the couple would eventually get married.
Lane and Harper had recently returned from a trip to Australia, and Lane was visiting Harper and her parents in Duncan, a south-central Oklahoma city of about 24,000. He went for a jog Friday afternoon and was shot once in the back. He died along a road on Duncan’s well-to-do north side. Prosecutors said the three teens, from the grittier part of town, chose Lane at random and that one of the boys “thinks it’s all a joke.”
FeedbackThis is a senseless tragedy…..a young Australian studying in U.S. gets gunned down by 15 & 16 year old thugs for what they call “fun”. The Australian deputy Prime Minister told CNN – �People thinking of going to the USA for business or tourists trips should think carefully about it given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia.�Dennis BillingsleyAugust, 23 2013Paul the Apostle told the Ephesians that “singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord” was one way of being filled with the spirit of God.
We need to turn our hearts, minds and spirits back to God, folks — and away from evil.
God bless and comfort the families of Chris Lane and Sarah Harper.Tom ElmoreAugust, 23 2013Simply because Australia has banned guns doesn’t mean the U.S. will and shouldn’t. Law abiding citizens don’t murder other people. These three kids have been in trouble with the law and not typical teens in this country.
AS a matter of fact, MURDER went UP in Australia after guns were BANNED there. The same is true of the UK after they banned guns there.http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-04-05-NEWS-australian-gun-ban-resulted-in-higher-crime-rates.htmlNancyAugust, 24 2013I personally think it dishonors the memory of Chris Lane to turn this post into a back-and-forth over gun control, so I’m pulling comments if they head in that direction. Thanks for understanding.Erik TryggestadAugust, 24 2013As one who lived in Australia for nine years and have been back to the country several times since returning to the State, my heart goes out to those parents and all of Lane’s family. What a tragedy for such a promising life that this young man had to be cut off at this point. I pray that “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” may be with this heart-broken family.Herman AlexanderAugust, 24 2013