The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Z_CNHI News Service

August 23, 2013

Murder tarnishes image of 'Duncan, U.S.A.'

DUNCAN, Okla. — Many in this city of nearly 24,000 say they're from "Duncan, America." The proud phrase captures a community's image of itself — and, in many respects, the reality.

But the murder that happened here last Friday - Christopher Lane, 22, was jogging along Country Club Road when a car drove by and someone fired a bullet into his back - has put Duncan on the world map in the worst way.

The killing - and Duncan - are still making international headlines. Stories about the murder of the college student from Australia, and three teenagers accused of killing him in a fit of boredom, are shocking readers around the world.

People in Duncan are shocked, as well.

“I know people who are now refusing to go out and walk," said District Attorney Jason Hicks. "They are scared."

On Wednesday, Duncan schools opened to students for the second day of classes, but anonymous threats kept campuses otherwise closed. High school students were not allowed to leave for lunch, as they usually are.

Police Chief Danny Ford urges people to keep perspective. As tragic as the Lane murder is, he said, one cannot draw conclusions that “all of society is falling apart.”

“It’s not the time to holler that Duncan has gone bad,” said Ford. “It’s just as good as it ever was.”

There's not a lot of flash in Duncan. You might say it’s in the nation’s heartland, between Oklahoma City and Dallas. And while crime happens - even the occasional murder - there are civic clubs, well-kept parks and plenty of charity. High school basketball is big, but football is king.

Duncan is the oil town where Erle P. Halliburton started a well cementing business in 1919 that grew into an energy behemoth. The company still keeps a facility here, though it moved its headquarters to Houston years ago.

Text Only
Z_CNHI News Service
E-edition
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted
Must Read