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August 22, 2013

Senseless, cowardly killings

NORMAN — The senseless, seemingly random shooting death of a young Australian college student in Duncan has most of the state in a soul-searching mode this week.

What would motivate anyone to shoot a lone jogger in the back as he ran along a street in Stephens County?

The killing has shocked Australians and Americans alike. Christopher Lane came to Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship, first to Redlands Community College in El Reno, then to East Central University in Ada. He was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, about 90 miles west of Ada.

Of the three youths arrested, two were charged with first-degree murder and one with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. The oldest of the trio is 17. The district attorney and police chief have referred to Friday’s shooting as a “thrill killing.”

Sadly, the student athlete’s death is not the first for East Central. An 18-year-old freshman at the student was killed in December, allegedly at the hands of a fellow student. An affidavit filed in that case alleges that Jerrod Murray killed Gennaro Sanchez just to see how it would feel.

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