Fallin satisfied with White House comments on Duncan murder

Posted on: 11:00 am, August 26, 2013, by , updated on: 12:46pm, August 26, 2013

Christopher Lane and girlfriend Sarah Harper

Christopher Lane and girlfriend Sarah Harper

OKLAHOMA CITY- Gov. Mary Fallin says she is satisfied with the comments made by the White House regarding the murder of Chris Lane in Duncan.

Police say 22-year-old Chris Lane was shot and killed by three teenagers while jogging in Duncan.

The case has triggered debate with racial overtones, saying Lane was white and the suspects charged with the murder are African-American.

Gov. Fallin appeared on “Fox News Sunday,”  saying it would be a “nice gesture” for President Obama to make a statement similar to the one he made after the death of Trayvon Martin.

Since the show aired, a spokesman for the governor says she is satisfied with a statement that was issued by the White House on Saturday.

A statement, that appeared in the Australian Herald Sun newspaper, said, “As the President has expressed on too many tragic occasions, there is an extra measure of evil in an act of violence that cuts a young life short. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with Chris Lane’s family and friends in these trying times.”

Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Fallin, said, “Governor Fallin thinks the president did the right thing by reaching out to the Lane family and the people of Australia and offering his condolences.”

Lane’s funeral is set for Wednesday in Australia.