A small flicker of hope in the Christopher Lane tragedy

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You'll recall the utterly senseless and utterly evil murder of Christopher Lane, a native of Australia and baseball player for East Central University in Oklahoma, for which three youths have been charged. 

There's no such thing as good news in a story like this, but consider this screen capture from Lane's fundraising page a small flicker of hope:

As you can see, at this writing Lane's page has brought in more than 10 times the original fundraising goal. It need not be said that no amount of money can make up for what happened to Lane and those who love him, but the tide of support and well wishes surely helped Lane's family cope during this impossibly difficult time. 

Here, also from the fundraising page, is a statement from Lane's family:

"We would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has made a donation in Christopher's name. We have appreciated the support we have revived from all around the world. We want people to know we don't believe what happened was a reflection of the people of Duncan or Oklahoma. Christopher was chasing his dreams and we believe everyone should do the same. Money left over after paying for his funeral expenses will go into a foundation which will make donations in Christopher's name to organizations he was passionate about and hopefully help full fill others dreams.

Christopher would be so proud he had a made a difference in so many lives."

Sounds like a fitting legacy for someone who was, by all accounts, an outstanding young man. 

Once again, if you'd like to help out or simply leave a message of support, here's the link

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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