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August 22, 2013

Fund for slain Australian player tops $100K

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

East Central says it has established the Chris Lane Memorial Fund to honor Lane. The school said the funds will be used in line with the family’s wishes, and with the school foundation’s mission.

Marshall Veal, a friend of “Laney’s” who started the fund for his family, said he’s received support from thousands of people around the world. He skipped work Wednesday to respond to their messages.

“The words people were saying, they were just amazing,” Veal said. “I’ve been reached by tons of people and people who have been in tragedies as well and how they coped with it.”

Lane was jogging in Duncan, a city of about 24,000, when he was shot once in the back. Prosecutors said three teens chose him at random.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, of Duncan, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.

Police have said Jones told authorities the boys were “bored” and decided to kill someone for the “fun of it.”

Prosecutor Jason Hicks said he is aware of social media accounts believed to belong to the boys and authorities are investigating.

 

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