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.