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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole Statement on Chris Lane Murder

August 21, 2013
Press Release

Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after the tragic murder of Chris Lane, an Australian student and baseball player at East Central University in Ada. Lane was randomly targeted and murdered by three teenagers last Friday in Duncan.

“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,” said Cole. “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.”