KRMG spoke to several people in Duncan; all of them said the “Thrill Kill” murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane is simply not something that had ever happened before.
Duncan is about 70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.
People of all ages said the same thing, that the town is a really nice place to live, and what the national media says about Duncan is simply wrong.
Once you get off Interstate I-44, the last forty miles is down State Highway 81 through small towns like Rush Springs and Marlow, and driving through rolling farmland.
The first indication that you are entering Duncan is a small sign on the side of the road that says, “Welcome to Duncan, home of Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins.”
Once in Duncan, parks line the main roadway, and there is a Kiddies Park, complete with merry-go-round and Tilt-A-Whirl that is maintained by the Kiwanis’s Club.
Museums and visitor centers are all around Duncan, as it is a town that is proud of its history for being part of the Chisholm Trail, its military veterans, and being the self-proclaimed “Crape Myrtle Capital of Oklahoma.”
KRMG happened to bump into Eddie Culberson, a young African American who owns Charm’n Entertainment.
He also works part time at the Simmons Center, a state of the art performing arts facility just off of Duncan’s main road.
Culberson says, "Duncan is nothing like that. It's a random act. Nothing like that happens. I've lived here my whole life, stayed on what they call the other side of the tracks, and I've never had a problem with anybody."
He's planning an event for September 7, 2013 as a fundraiser for Chris Lane’s family, and to unite Duncan during this difficult time.
Culberson has contacted Halliburton, the area’s largest employer, about assistance for the event.
For anyone who is interested in finding out more information about the fundraiser, you can visit Eddie’s website, www.Charmnent.webs.com, and you can find Charm’n Entertainment on Facebook.