Australian Baseball Player Killed By 3 Teens Out Of Boredom

Australian Baseball Player Killed By 3 Teens Out Of BoredomA random act of violence has left a promising 23-year-old college baseball player dead, a family devastated and two countries half a world apart rattled.

‘Nothing better to do’

Christopher Lane, who was from Australia, was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma, while he was out jogging last week. The motive? Three teens who had nothing better to do, according to police.

Charges were filed Tuesday against the three teens. James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged as adults with felony murder in the first degree, according to Kaylee Chandler, Stephens County Court Clerk. Michael Jones, 17, faces two charges — use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree, she said.

A judge set bond at $1 million for Jones, while no bond was set for Edwards and Luna, Chandler said. When police arrested the teens, one of them offered up a motive that made clear that Lane, who attended East Central University on a baseball scholarship, was chosen at random.


‘Magnetic’

Police say the teens shot Lane in the back in the town of about 24,000 and sped away in their car. Attempts to revive Lane failed. Police caught the teens a few hours after the shooting.

Lane was remembered as magnetic — the sort of person who could always lighten the mood. Nearly 10,000 miles away in Australia, Lane’s family struggled to cope with the news.

If you were Christopher Lane’s family, would you be able to forgive the three teens for that senseless act of violence? Feel free to share your thoughts regarding this issue!

 

Source: Ed Payne and Elizabeth Stuart | CNN

Image: CBS News