Group sets off on 4th annual Jared Shoemaker Memorial Walk, remembers fallen Tulsa Marine

Walk raises money for Special Olympics Oklahoma

TULSA - More than a dozen people set off on a 75-mile trek Monday morning in honor of a fallen Tulsa Marine.

This is the fourth annual Jared Shoemaker Memorial Walk to help honor the fallen Marine, who was also a Tulsa police officer.

Shoemaker was killed by a roadside bomb in 2006 in Iraq.

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One of the participants this year was a friend of Shoemaker's who was also injured in the attack.

"There's two kinds of leaders," said Cody Hill. "One rules by the iron fist and one you want to do good for not to disappoint. That's the kind of guy (Shoemaker) was."

The group started the walk in Chandler Park Monday morning, and before it's over they'll walk 75 miles over three days, ending up in Stillwater, Okla.

The Jared Shoemaker Memorial Walk raises money for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma. More than $20,000 have been raised over the past four years.

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The group will walk 25 miles Monday before stopping in Mannford at the First Baptist Church for the night.  They'll arrive in Stillwater Wednesday.

To donate, visit the Special Olympics Oklahoma website at

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