Australian Chris Lane was shot and killed this past Friday in Duncan, Oklahoma by three teenagers while doing nothing more than jogging past a home where the three teens were staying. The three teens told Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford, “They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,' The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.' They added, let get him for the 'fun of it.'" "He was face down on the ground and he was shot in the back with a .22 revolver," builder Richard Rhodes told Australian broadcasters. "I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him. And he passed away right here."
Lane was white and the two teens charged with murder are black, and though President Barack Obama has commented extensively on the controversial Trayvon Martin case, he has yet to comment on this senseless killing of a young white student. There is good reason Obama should not have been commenting on the local self defense case of Martin, however since he did, why not speak out against the Lane murder?
Yesterday former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer urged Australian tourists to boycott the US. Lane's killing has yet to bring out the Jesse Jackson's or Al Sharpton's of the world denouncing the action of three 'bored' teenagers. Many Americans are asking, "Where's the outrage?" and wondering why news outlets like MSNBC and CNN are only running short news blurbs on the story, while giving hours of airtime to the Trayvon Martin case.
Yesterday Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, of Duncan were charged with first-degree murder and, under Oklahoma law, will be tried as adults. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan is charged for using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to first-degree murder. Jones' bail has been set at $1 million while Luna and Edwards are being held without bail. The .22 caliber revolver said to be used in the killing has yet to be found by police.
Lane played baseball for East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma which is about 85 miles from Duncan and had just returned with his girlfriend two days prior to the killing from Australia so they could both start fall classes.