Melbourne baseball community pays respects to Lane

Australia Random Slaying Memorial Game

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The parents and girlfriend of slain Australian baseball player Chris Lane shared a minute’s silence at home plate of his former ballpark in suburban Melbourne on Sunday. The city’s tight-knit baseball community gathered to play a memorial game in Lane’s honor yesterday.

An estimated 2,000 former teammates, opponents and their families met at the Essendon Bombers home ground to comfort each other and try and make sense of how the enthusiastic boy they watched grow into a man was murdered last week.

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. Three teenagers have been charged with his murder.

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