Oklahoma shooting: Australian calls for boycott of US tourism
Oklahoma shooting: An Australian college baseball player was fatally shot in Oklahoma. Three teenagers are being charged with the shooting. A former Australian deputy PM has called for a tourism boycott to pressure the NRA.
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Luna's mother, Jennifer Luna, said her son likes to play basketball at a local court and play on his iPhone and Xbox.Skip to next paragraph
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"I know my son. He is a good kid," she said.
Lane played baseball at East Central University in Ada, 85 miles (135 kilometers) east of Duncan, and had been visiting his girlfriend and her parents in Duncan after he and his girlfriend returned to the U.S. from Australia about a week ago.
Duncan police Chief Dan Ford has said the boys wanted to overcome a boring end to their summer vacation — classes in Duncan resumed Tuesday — and that Jones told officers they were bored and killed Lane for "the fun of it."
Family and friends on two continents were mourning Lane, who gave up pursuit of an Australian football career to pursue his passion for baseball, an American pastime. His girlfriend, Sarah Harper, tearfully laid a cross at a streetside memorial in Duncan, while half a world away, an impromptu memorial grew at the home plate he protected as a catcher on his youth team.
"We just thought we'd leave it," Harper said as she visited the memorial in Duncan. "This is his final spot."
His old baseball team, Essendon, scheduled a memorial game for Sunday to raise funds for Lane's parents as they worked to have their boy's remains sent home.
Tony Cornish, president of the Essendon Baseball Club, said Lane played with the club for 12 years. Cornish said Lane was part of the club until he left to attend college in the U.S.
"Chris Lane was a good kid, just a great all-around guy," Cornish said. "We're still all in shock here."
Meanwhile, St. Bernard's College in Essendon, where Lane was a student, is planning a memorial Mass for Lane in November.
Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper reported that roses and a baseball were placed Monday on the home plate where Lane played as a youth with the message: "A wonderful young man taken too soon. Why?"
Tim Fischer, former Australia deputy prime minister, criticized the National Rifle Association and asked Australians to avoid the U.S. as a way to put pressure on its Congress to act on gun control.
"Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice," Fischer told the Herald Sun. "I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers, (but) it's a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American."
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AP sports writer Dennis Passa in Brisbane, Australia, and reporter Sue Ogrocki in Duncan, Oklahoma, contributed to this report.
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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.