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Coach creates petition to honor murdered Australian athlete

Christopher Lane and girlfriend Sarah Harper

Christopher Lane and girlfriend Sarah Harper

DUNCAN, Okla.- Just one day after Christopher Lane was laid to rest, a petition is gaining international attention to remember him in a unique way.

Thousands are calling on Major League Baseball and Little League Baseball programs to honor Chris’ memory by constructing the first ever Little League Baseball field in Australia.

Chris’ childhood baseball coach started a petition on Change.org to honor the Australian-born athlete who was murdered while jogging in Duncan.

Edwards said, “Australia does not have one little league field in the whole country, despite the fact that Australia this year put its first ever team in the Little League World Series. We need and we want a Chris Lane Memorial Field. This is a chance to build an ongoing tribute to a man who deserves to be remembered and to help us build something that will be used and treasured for decades to come by generations of young ball players.”

So far, more than 33,500 supporters have signed the petition asking the MLB and Little League Baseball to build Chris Lane Memorial Field.

Edwards said, “The outpouring of support and feeling from around the world in relation to Chris’s tragic death has been astonishing. It has warmed the hearts and made dealing with his situation just that much easier for those of us who knew him best. Now we want to create a living memory and tribute to Chris.”