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White House Spokesman Says He Is 'Not Familiar' With Australian Student Murdered by Teens in Okla.


"Why hasn't [the president] spoken out about this?"

A White House spokesman told Fox News on Wednesday that he was unaware of the murder of Australian student Chris Lane during the White House daily briefing.

"I'm not familiar with it, actually," Josh Earnest, principal deputy White House press secretary, told Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Henry told Earnest that Lane was randomly shot dead on Friday by a group of teenagers who later confessed to authorities they had committed the heinous act "for the fun of it" after being "bored."

"This sounds like a pretty tragic case," Earnest responded. "I wouldn't want to get ahead of the legal process here and it's clear that law enforcement officials are involved and are investigating."

Watch the exchange, via The Daily Caller:

Henry pressed Earnest further, highlighting that President Obama issued several marks after the death of Trayvon Martin.

"Why hasn't [the president] spoken out about this? In this case you said there was a judicial proceeding," Henry said. "There was one in the Trayvon Martin case. He spoke out extensively on that one."

“There are some people in this room I don’t thing who would agree with you that the president spoke out extensively on it,” Earnest responded.

“He expressed his concerns about the impact of violence on communities across the country and he talked about a number of things that the government can do, but also a number of things that we can do in our communities, whether it’s parents, churches, and communities can do to try to address the impact of violence and whether there is more we can do to try to protect our children,” he added.

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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