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Oklahoma's Gov. Fallin says she's satisfied with White House statement on student slaying

by Chris Casteel Published: August 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — Gov. Mary Fallin, who said it would be “a nice gesture” for President Barack Obama to comment on the Oklahoma killing of an Australian college student, is satisfied with a White House statement on the tragedy, a spokesman for the governor said Monday.

The White House issued a statement Saturday regarding the killing of Christopher Lane, an Australian who was a student at East Central University in Ada. Lane was shot while jogging Aug. 16 in Duncan. Three teens have been charged in connection with the case.

The statement, which appeared in an Australian newspaper, was attributed to White House spokesman Matt Lehrich and said, “As the President has expressed on too many tragic occasions, there is an extra measure of evil in an act of violence that cuts a young life short.

“The President and first lady's thoughts and prayers are with Chris Lane's family and friends in these trying times.”

Fallin's comments endorsing the idea of a presidential statement were made Friday during a taping of “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace. However, they were not aired until Sunday, a day after the White House issued a statement to the Australian newspaper.

Alex Weintz, spokesman for Fallin, said Monday, “The governor thinks the president did the right thing by reaching out to the Lane family and the people of Australia.”

Fallin had been asked by Wallace if the president should make a statement on the case. The governor said that “it would be a nice gesture for them to be able to do that, and I certainly know that's what I'm going to do.”

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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