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August 21, 2013

Thrill killing befuddles small Oklahoma town

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DUNCAN, Okla. —

A fund was established at gofundme.com to pay for his parents to travel to Duncan and accompany his body back to Australia for burial. The goal was $15,000 but Australian news reports said that amount had already been surpassed.

The nature of Lane’s murder – a random killing to break up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer – caused severe criticism of American gun laws in Australia.

Tim Fischer, the country’s former deputy prime minister, told the Melbourne Herald Sun that Australian tourists should avoid traveling to the United States until Congress passes stricter gun control laws.

“Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,” said Fischer.

He added: “This is the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA (National Rifle Association) that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gun shows. I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers.

“It’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American.”

In a response to Fischer, the State Department said the United States was deeply saddened “to hear the tragic news of the death of an Australian citizen in Oklahoma.”

“This is clearly a tragic death, and we extend our condolences to the family and the loved ones. We understand that local authorities are focused on bringing those responsible to justice. Clearly, we would support that,” said a State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf.

Details for this story were reported by the Duncan, Okla., Banner.

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