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Oc­cu­pier said he was ready to die • With his shaved head and soft voice, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum re­sem­bled a monk— al­beit a monk wear­ing a Stet­son and pack­ing a Colt .45 pis­tol on his hip.

And like a monk, the 68- year- old waxed po­etic when asked this month whether he was pre­pared to die rather than go to jail for oc­cu­py­ing a fed­eral wildlife refuge in ru­ral Ore­gon.

“Ab­so­lutely,” he told NBC’s Tony Dokoupil on Jan. 5. “I have been raised in the coun­try all my life. I love dearly to feel the wind on my face, to see the sun rise, to see the moon in the night. I have no in­ten­tion of spend­ing any of my days in a con­crete box.”

That in­ter­view proved pre­scient Tues­day when Finicum died dur­ing a con­fronta­tion with fed­eral and state au­thor­i­ties. While po­lice had yet to con­firm that he was the one killed, his daugh­ter and fol­low­ers made the an­nounce­ment, ac­cord­ing to The Ore­go­nian, treat­ing his death as a mar­tyr­dom.

“Amer­ica was fired upon by our govern­ment and one of lib­erty’s finest pa­tri­ots is fallen,” the Bundy Ranch an­nounced on Face­book shortly af­ter the shoot­ing. “He will not go silent into eternity. Our ap­peal is to heaven.”

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