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August 22nd, 2013
07:59 PM ET

'Boredom' shooting: Was race a factor?

Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley said Aussies’ “hearts bleed” following the murder of baseball player Chris Lane.

Lane, an Australian, was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma while he was out jogging. Police say he was killed by three teens who said they have nothing better to do.

Beazley called the tragedy “sheer, unmitigated horror," appearing on the Situation Room in an interview with CNN Anchor Jake Tapper.

Police have charged Edwards and Chancey Luna, 16, as adults with first degree felony murder. Michael Jones, their alleged 17-year-old driver, faces two charges: use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree.

Reports of racially-charged tweets by the suspects have bought to light another component in the murder – was race a factor?

But Beazley said Australians are not thinking of the tragedy in that way.

“They’re not looking at the perpetrators,” he said. “They’re looking at the Lanes.”

Beazley added, however, that most Australians would be “amazed" at the gun culture in the United States. There were 40 gun deaths in Australian last year, Beazley said, a number he attributes to strict gun ban in the country.

As for the proposed boycott of America called for by many Australians as result of Lane's murder, Beazley said both the government and the Lane family are not behind it.

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