A college baseball player who went out for a run through a quiet Oklahoma neighborhood was shot to death by three teenagers who sought to relieve their boredom by killing someone.
Christopher Lane, an Australian who was attending East Central University in Ada, Okla., on a baseball scholarship, was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Okla., when he crossed paths with three boys, aged 15, 16 and 17, looking to shoot someone, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday. The 17-year-old confessed to the shooting, which occurred Friday, although the murder weapon has not been found.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” Ford said (via the Associated Press). “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’”
Lane, whose 23rd birthday was weeks away, was running at just before 3 p.m. in a neighborhood in the town of about 24,000 when the teens followed him in a car. Lane was shot in the back and the teens drove off.
“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.”
In Melbourne, Lane’s father, Peter, told reporters: “There’s not going to be any good come out of this because it was just so senseless. There wasn’t anything he did or could have done. He was an athlete going for a jog, like he would do five or six days a week in terms of his training schedule.
“It’s happened. It’s wrong and we just try and deal with it the best we can.”
On Facebook, an R.I.P. Christopher Lane page has over 33,000 likes and Harper wrote on her page:
“I love you so much babe. From 2009 until forever you will always be mine and in a very special and protected place in my heart.”