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Australian slain in Oklahoma buried in hometown

Sarah Harper, the American girlfriend of Chris Lane, attended his funeral in Australia.
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Sarah Harper, the American girlfriend of Chris Lane, attended his funeral in Australia.

CANBERRA, Australia — The 22-year-old Australian baseball player killed in a drive-by shooting in Oklahoma was buried in his hometown of Melbourne on Wednesday after a funeral attended by more than 500 mourners at St. Therese’s Church.

Lane died Aug. 16 in the town of Duncan while jogging near his girlfriend’s home. Duncan police say three teenagers targeted him at random to break up the monotony of an Oklahoma summer.

Television footage of the funeral service was broadcast in evening news bulletins across Australia, where the tragedy has become a major media story as guns and where drive-by shootings are far less prevalent than in the United States.

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Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, both of Duncan, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, also 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.

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Lane moved to Oklahoma to play baseball. He would have been a senior at East Central University and hoped to enter the real estate business.

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