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Rep. Tom Cole Condemns "Senseless" Oklahoma Slaying

by Chris Casteel Modified: August 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm •  Published: August 21, 2013

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, on Wednesday condemned the killing of Australian citizen and East Central University student Christopher Lane. Two Duncan teenagers were charged with murder on Tuesday in the case, and a third teen was charged as an accessory.
Lane was shot while jogging in Duncan on Friday. The city’s police chief said the teens killed Lane because they were “bored.”
Cole, whose district includes Duncan and Ada, where Lane attended East Central University on a baseball scholarship, said, “There are no words that will help us make sense of the tragic loss of Chris Lane or truly express the sympathy felt by those living in Oklahoma.
“It is heinous crimes like these that shake our state and nation and leave our hearts broken.
“I am particularly distressed that this senseless murder was committed against a citizen of Australia, a country that has always been a steadfast friend and ally of the United States.
“Over the last 26 years, I have visited Australia several times as a political leader and Member of Congress, and I have seen firsthand that their friendship is genuine and valuable. It is with sadness that I offer my sincere sympathy and send my prayers to the family and friends of Chris Lane as they grieve the loss of a loved individual. To our dear friends in Australia, I extend my profound apology for this senseless, brutal crime that sadly occurred in my state and district.”

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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