LAWTON, Okla. -- A horrible accident at a Bar S plant in Southwest Oklahoma has taken the life of a young man. Twenty-six-year-old Michael Raper lived in Duncan with his fiance and four children, but Wednesday afternoon his promising life came to an abrupt end.
"He made my niece very happy," Diane Ferris said.
Ferris remembers the man who was months away from becoming a part of her family.
Raper was engaged to be married to her niece in February.
Monday Raper celebrated his 26 birthday.
"I just can't believe it," Ferris said. "It just happened all so fast."
Late Tuesday night Raper was working at the Bar S plant in Lawton where he was in charge of cleaning the machinery.
"He slipped and went into the machine. He was still conscious at the time," Ferris said. "So I can imagine the agony he was in, and he lost both of his legs in this accident."
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