August 20th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

Okla. teens kill Australian baseball player

A 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.

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

"They witnessed a young man run by on the street. Chose him as the target," Police Chief Danny Ford told CNN affiliate KSWO.

When police eventually arrested the three teens - ages 15, 16 and 17 - 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.


Filed under: Crime • U.S.
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  1. Rascal Rabble

    ...i remember when we didn't have nothing better to do...we goldilocked our neighbor's house and ate up all their sunday dinner...we was punished and couldn't watch i spy tv series anymore...

    August 20, 2013 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I remember when having nothing to do led to other activities that didn't involve violence...

    August 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Sad & worrisome.
    A mindless act of extreme violence, an innocent life lost. These two don't deserve a life and it seems they don't have a reason to live either.

    August 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Enrix

    Why do they have to stay in the gene pool?

    August 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    There have been reports of gun fire at a school in GA and in Atlanta.
    happily children are safe in the GA school. awaiting more on the Atlanta incident.

    August 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    Really? I'm shocked. Another act of terrorism, no doubt.

    August 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    I don't meàn to be coy...but brutality seems to be everyone's problem. Where does the solution begin?

    August 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    That was the initial reaction to a senseless and cold blooded murder with a motive which is devilish.
    The perps should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    August 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Blocked again. Shocker.

    August 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I really hate TJI. Blocked again. And again. And again.

    August 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Wow and deleted already @ s kel? Sheesh and you've only had this site addy again for all of half an hour! Wow im almost sorry i gave it to you now lol. J/k dearheart. Welcome back and aint it just how you remembered it?

    August 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maunalani

    "Random act of violence?"

    How about a hate crime.

    August 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO

    The blocking is annoying. The deletion of innocuous comments is intolerable.

    August 21, 2013 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paulie

    No public outcry. No vigils. No marches led by celebrities smiling for the cameras. No claims of racism. No mention of the words Hate Crime. No comments from the President. Why could this be?

    August 21, 2013 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    Still those kids need not to be breathing the same air as me.

    August 21, 2013 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
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