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April 2, 2008

Hundreds attend slain soldier Hake’s funeral in Enid


Dallas Caldwell, former OBA headmaster, said Hake’s class was “fun-loving.” He joked about some of the things Hake and his friends did that they shouldn’t have.

“Chris was guilty, but he was always clean. He knew just when to get out. He was the guy who watched the door,” Caldwell said.

“They were a fun group. They were lighthearted, that’s how they lived life,” he said. “I loved that guy. He’s my hero.”

In a letter to Gage Hake, Hake’s year-old son, Caldwell said, “God weeps with us. God knows this is a wicked and hateful place.”

Hake will be buried Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery.

He is the second Enid man killed in Iraq. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Storey was killed Aug. 4, 2006, and buried in Enid.

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