President Barack Obama issued a statement 11 days after the shooting of 22-year-old Australian college baseball player Christopher Lane, saying his thoughts and prayers were with Lane’s family during these “trying” times.
“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 statement read.
Conservative media outlets had pushed Obama to make a statement, though press secretary Josh Earnest admitted that he had not originally been familiar with the case.
Lane was shot in the back while on a training run in Duncan, Okla. on Aug. 16, after 16-year-old Chancey Luna and 15-year-old James Edwards Jr. decided to kill somebody out of boredom.
The two will be tried as adults on first-degree murder charges. An accomplice, 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, drove the getaway car and will be tried as a minor with an accessory to murder charge.
More than 300 residents in the Duncan community held a community service on Friday night to honor Lane, and the Essendon Baseball Club members have decided to dedicate their next match to Lane’s memory.
The tribute will include a minute’s silence.
Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has recommended that tourists boycott America because of its problem with gun violence.