U.S. Rep. Tom Cole apologizes to Australians

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, has issued an apology in Australian man's death.
by Nolan Clay Modified: August 22, 2013 at 12:02 am •  Published: August 21, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole apologized Wednesday to Australians for the “senseless” killing of Christopher Lane.

The shooting victim is from Australia and was a catcher for the East Central University baseball team. He was fatally shot Friday while jogging in Duncan, where he frequently visited his girlfriend.

“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,” Cole, R-Moore, said in a statement. “To our dear friends in Australia, I extend my profound apology for this senseless, brutal crime that sadly occurred in my state and district.”

Cole said he has visited Australia several times in his years in Congress. He called the country a steadfast friend and ally of the United States.

“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,” he said.

The shooting has outraged Australians. Some there have called for a boycott on travel to the United States.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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