Hundreds bid farewell to Australian young man shot by 'bored' US teens
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Hundreds of mourners packed a Melbourne church on Wednesday to bid farewell to an Australian baseball player killed by two teenagers in a random Oklahoma shooting that triggered a race debate.
Mr Chris Lane, 22, was gunned down in the small town of Duncan by a pair of "bored" black teens, aged 15 and 16, as he was out jogging on August 16, reviving debate sparked by the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last year.
Mr Lane was in the United States on a baseball scholarship and scores of his Essendon baseball clubmates formed a guard of honour outside St Therese's Catholic church for his funeral, where the steps overflowed with floral tributes.
Almost 1,000 people crammed into the church to pay tribute to Mr Lane, with Father Joe Giacobbe saying in 40 years he had never "seen this church as full as it is today".