Three teenagers, who claim they were "bored," randomly shot an innocent college baseball player while he was jogging on a residential street. The Australian man, out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood, was reportedly shot and killed by a the trio of young men who decided to kill someone for fun, according to The Associated Press.
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 senselessly gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said 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 a 15 and 16-year-old — remain in custody. 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.
“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 rural road in Duncan, a south-central Oklahoma town of about 24,000 residents.
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,” said his coach, Dino Rosato, in a statement issued by the school.
"Chris was an extremely well-respected teammate," said Rosato. "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."
This is beyond sad.