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Shooting in Duncan: It's tough to grasp such depravity

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: August 23, 2013

Lane had fallen for a Duncan girl, after the two met in junior college. The two had traveled to Australia this summer. Lane was in town visiting her and her parents at the time of his killing.

The senselessness of the shooting makes it all the more troubling. Family members and acquaintances of the boys accused of the crime say they had started to run with the wrong crowd. Yet that hardly explains a decision to drive around looking for someone to shoot.

The image of Duncan and Oklahoma will suffer, at least for a time, but that's insignificant compared with the suffering inflicted on Lane's family. U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said it well in remarks Wednesday: “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.”

Such a horrific event provokes outrage but also an abiding sense of sadness — for the victim, for his family, for his girlfriend, for the families of the boys who allegedly committed this crime, for the boys themselves (who if convicted will rightfully spend decades behind bars), and for our society in general. All have been scarred.

And while we may never understand such depravity, we can tell the world that Oklahomans don't look the other way when tragedies hit close to home.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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