22-year old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was gunned down by three Oklahoma teenagers because they were “bored.”
Lane played at East Central University, and was visiting his girlfriend and her family in the town of Duncan. He was minding his own business, jogging, when the teens came up being him and shot him in the back.
“He was the sort of guy at school who everyone knew and knew quite well,” Ireland said of Lane. “He loved his footy (Australian football) and his sport and spent a lot of time with mates.”
Lane had attended St. Bernard’s college, where the principal at the time, Frank Fitzgerald, criticized the violence in Lane’s death.
“I think the rest of the countries around the world just look at that country and shake their head,” FitzGerald told The Age. He said Lane could have had a promising career in his country’s football league “but he already had indicated that baseball was what he would concentrate on.”
Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper reported that roses and a baseball were placed Monday on the home plate where Lane played as a youth with the message, “A wonderful young man taken too soon. Why?
Two teens – 15 and 16-years old – have been charged with first degree murder; a third – !7 (far right) – has been charged with being an accessory after the fact and driving a vehicle while a weapon was discharged.
Two teenagers, 15- and 16-year-olds from the gritty part of the town, were charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.
A third, age 17, was accused of being an accessory after the fact and with driving a vehicle while a weapon was discharged. He said in open court “I pulled the trigger,” but the judge directed him to remain quiet and said Tuesday was not the day to discuss the facts of the case.
The boy cried.
His bond was set at $1 million.
Horrible. Beyond senseless.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Christopher Lane’s loved ones.
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