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.

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Source: Ed Payne and Elizabeth Stuart | CNN

Image: CBS News

FBI Rescues Over 100 Teens In Sex-Trafficking Raid

FBI Rescues Over 100 Teens In Sex-Trafficking RaidThe FBI launched a 72-hour nationwide operation targeting pimps who prey on children — an undercover mission that rescued 105 teens ranging mostly in age from 13 to 17 years old, with the youngest victim being 9 years old, authorities said Monday.

‘Children with a void’

Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal division, said “Operation Cross-Country” — launched Friday — included sting operations in 76 U.S. cities that resulted in the arrests of 150 pimps.

Hosko said law enforcement refers to these young victims as “children with a void.” Once the pimp identifies that void and makes every attempt to fill it, a dependency between the child and the perpetrator develops, Hosko said.  He added that the most vulnerable victims forced into sex trafficking range in age from 13 to 16. Most of the children come from either foster care homes or are considered runaways.


‘Cut across racial lines’

“This operation targeted venues where girls and adults are operated for commercial sex,” Hosko said, including places like street tracks, truck stops, casinos and hotels.  “The victims cut across racial lines,” he said, and span all socioeconomic levels and demographics.

The FBI joined forces with 230 agencies around the country during the three-day mission, Hosko said. Every FBI field office in the nation was involved in the operation. “Operation Cross-Country” was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI’s “Innocence Lost” initiative. The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

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Source: Fox News

Image: The Guardian