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Australian student killed by 'bored' Oklahoma teens

By Sean Murphy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:51 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY » An Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three "bored" teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.

Christopher Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said on Monday. A 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to police, but investigators haven't found the weapon used in last week's shooting, the chief said.

That teen and the others — ages 15 and 16 — remain in custody, and Ford said the district attorney is expected to file first-degree murder charges Tuesday. It wasn't known if the three will be charged as adults or juveniles. They were to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

"They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: 'There's our target,'" Ford said. "The boy who has talked to us said, 'We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'"

He said they followed the 22-year-old Lane, a student from Melbourne attending college on a baseball scholarship, in a car and shot him in the back before driving off.

Ford told the television station KOCO in Oklahoma City that one of the teens said they shot Lane for "the fun of it."

"He didn't deserve any of this," Lane's girlfriend, Sarah Harper, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "It's heartbreaking that it was such a random choice those guys made that drastically altered so many lives in the process."

Witnesses rushed to help Lane after hearing a shot Friday and seeing him stagger and collapse on a road in Duncan, a south-central Oklahoma town of about 24,000 residents.

"He was face down on the ground and he was shot in the back with a .22 revolver," builder Richard Rhodes told Australian broadcasters near a roadside memorial at the scene. "I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him. And he passed away right here."

Harper said she and Lane had only returned to the United States from Australia last week.

Lane attended East Central University in Ada, about 85 miles west of Duncan. He started 14 games at catcher last year and was entering his senior year.

"He was an absolute joy to coach," baseball coach Dino Rosato said in a statement issued by the school. "Chris was an extremely well-respected teammate. ... He set a great example for all of his teammates, but more importantly for the younger players. He was a mature student-athlete who his teammates could look to for advice and support."

Peter Lane told Australian broadcasters there was no explanation for his son's death.

"It is heartless and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity," he said.

Ford wouldn't say how many times Christopher Lane was shot. Autopsy results are pending.

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csdhawaii wrote:
Why? Why why why why why????
on August 19,2013 | 11:09PM
palani wrote:
Victim was white, shooters were black. Why no mention?

Three teens accused of murder of baseball player Chris Lane identified

on August 20,2013 | 06:11AM
eoe wrote:
Because there is a vast left wing conspiracy to keep the truth from the people. /sarc Let me turn this question around on you. Do you think you would be hearing this story if this was three black guys and they killed another black guy in Okla City?
on August 20,2013 | 06:30AM
palani wrote:
No, and that's the real problem, black on black violence is ignored. However, let me turn it around to you. If the shooters had been white and the victim was black, do you not think race would have been prominently mentioned?
on August 20,2013 | 07:15AM
eoe wrote:
Really? Black on black violence is ignored? I would encourage you -right now and every day going forward - to navigate to the Chicago Tribune's home page and tell me what you see. Every single days is a catalog of the people killed - mostly minorities - in Chicago. Nobody is ignoring it. But solutions don't come in soundbite form. On your white on black question, if it were three racist skinheads then yes it would be mentioned, but otherwise probably not.
on August 20,2013 | 08:36AM
palani wrote:
As the Zimmerman/Martin case was not mentioned?

Don't be so political (as in your later post), and don't project your own racial biases on me. I'm sure the hometown Chicago Tribune reports on local crime, but how about the national mainstream media?

on August 20,2013 | 09:00AM
MexMe wrote:
Let me answer your question, palani: YES! And there would be no end to the coverage!
on August 20,2013 | 09:14AM
Morimoto wrote:
Two of the suspects were black the other one was white. I think the original story had the picture of 3 black kids, I don't know why.
on August 20,2013 | 12:18PM
Mallory wrote:
Hate to say it but these three boys need to be killed for the fun of it. Or perhaps just a shot to the spinal cord so they can see how fun shootings are
on August 19,2013 | 11:18PM
COlohe1 wrote:
NO, killing or injuring would be too good. Put them on death row, then when its close for their execution, let the gov stay the execution a couple of times, then finally pull the plug on them!!!
on August 20,2013 | 07:53AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Probably family court will waive jurisdiction and these three kids will stand trial as adults........
on August 19,2013 | 11:30PM
ellemnop wrote:
Three "bored" teens decided to kill someone "for the fun of it"? I certainly hope these teens will be tried as adults and spend the rest of their lives in prison. Such a senseless tragedy.
on August 19,2013 | 11:47PM
inHilo wrote:
Yes, let them experience boredom for the rest of their long lives. And may Christopher and his loved ones find some peace.
on August 20,2013 | 05:21AM
lokela wrote:
No more boredom. How about sending them to a firing squad for the fun of it.
on August 20,2013 | 06:00AM
palani wrote:
How "odd" that there is no mention of race in this report. Had the victim been black, and the shooters white, the entire narrative would be different, and national inciters such as Sharpton and MSNBC would be all over the news.

Three teens accused of murder of baseball player Chris Lane identified

on August 20,2013 | 06:05AM
eoe wrote:
It must be awesome to part of the right these days. Everything you see in the news supports your views. Black on black crime? Obama is a failed leader and proves how terrible "those people" are. White on black crime? Shows media bias and how terrible "those people" are. Black on white crime? Shows media bias and how persecuted whites are. White on white crime? White people acting like black people, what a shame. Does that cover your worldview? Feel free to copy and paste from the playbook if you can't remember what Limby told you today.
on August 20,2013 | 06:38AM
Psyche wrote:
The ironing of this situation is that YOUR agenda doesn't apply. Think about it deeply before you reply.
on August 20,2013 | 07:17AM
eoe wrote:
What agenda? My agenda is that all human beings are essentially vicious animals. Your agenda is only black humans are vicious animals.
on August 20,2013 | 08:37AM
palani wrote:
You are projecting your own views upon others, again, eoe.
on August 20,2013 | 09:01AM
Mei mei wrote:
I tend to agree with you palani - HEADLINES WILL CERTAINLY WILL READ WHITE COP OR WHITE INDIVIDUAL KILLED/SHOT A BLACK TEEN / PERSON.... that is quite evident in this case... that wan't relevant but CLEARLY it is , why did these black teens pick a white guy to appease their boredom... hmmmmm ???
on August 20,2013 | 10:05AM
whs1966 wrote:
After trying these idiots as adults, their parents should somehow be held accountable.
on August 20,2013 | 06:27AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
At what point did we devalue life? When I was young and bored, I'd go to a movie with friends or play football. Shooting someone never, ever entered my mind. I hope they're tried as adults. If they thought life was boring now, wait till they spend the rest of their sorry lives in prison. Armageddon is looking better and better. Wipe the slate clean and start over again.
on August 20,2013 | 07:07AM
Sid_Hartha wrote:
"We be bored." "We stay bored, dat's why." "We're bored." "We are like, so bored." "Dude, I'm bored." Profiling...
on August 20,2013 | 07:11AM
Mythman wrote:
They probably ran out of drugs
on August 20,2013 | 08:08AM
Big C wrote:
"It wasn't known if the three will be charged as adults or juveniles. They were to appear in court Tuesday afternoon." These "As.h...." should be charged as adults. It should also be considered a "HATE" crime.
on August 20,2013 | 08:06AM
likewise wrote:
They are in Oklahoma, not Hawaii, They will definitely be charged as adults. Wishing them a long and unhappy life on death row. They will make lots of "friends" in prison.
on August 20,2013 | 08:35AM
Mythman wrote:
Urban youth culture doesn't differentiate between being in jail and out of jail - same. Doomed either way. Did you see the number of unemployed in the US of A today? You doctrinaire ideologues ought to pay attention to what is happening in your beloved Communist Party example of equality, China.
on August 20,2013 | 08:52AM
Mei mei wrote:
this makes my blood boil and am fuming !!!! what a tragic waste of his young life... I am embarrassed to be an American, we live in such a violent society... with so so laws ... geesh i lived in Australia and let me tell you it is a least a hundred times better than it is here... i am sad to say... i hope they get the DEATH PENALTY... !!
on August 20,2013 | 09:56AM
nuuanusam wrote:
on August 20,2013 | 10:00AM
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