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3 Oklahoma teens charged after Australian player slain

  • In this undated photo provided by the Essendon Baseball Club,  player Chris Lane wears his baseball equipment, in Australia. The Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.  Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan where his girlfriend and her family lives, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    In this undated photo provided by the Essendon Baseball Club, player Chris Lane wears his baseball equipment, in Australia. The Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said. Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan where his girlfriend and her family lives, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Sarah Harper,Christopher Lane's girlfriend, stands beside a memorial along the road where police say Lane, an Australian baseball player was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, in Duncan, Okla. Lane, who was visiting Duncan where Harper and her family lives, had jogged past a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, said Police Chief Danny Ford. (AP Photo/Kristi Easton)

    Sarah Harper,Christopher Lane's girlfriend, stands beside a memorial along the road where police say Lane, an Australian baseball player was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, in Duncan, Okla. Lane, who was visiting Duncan where Harper and her family lives, had jogged past a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, said Police Chief Danny Ford. (AP Photo/Kristi Easton)

  • A memorial to Christopher Lane is shown Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, along the road where he was shot and killed, in Duncan, Okla. Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla., was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend, when he was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    A memorial to Christopher Lane is shown Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, along the road where he was shot and killed, in Duncan, Okla. Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla., was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend, when he was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • In this undated photo provided by the Essendon Baseball Club,  player Chris Lane wears his baseball equipment, in Australia. The Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.  Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan where his girlfriend and her family lives, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
  • Sarah Harper,Christopher Lane's girlfriend, stands beside a memorial along the road where police say Lane, an Australian baseball player was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, in Duncan, Okla. Lane, who was visiting Duncan where Harper and her family lives, had jogged past a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, said Police Chief Danny Ford. (AP Photo/Kristi Easton)
  • A memorial to Christopher Lane is shown Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, along the road where he was shot and killed, in Duncan, Okla. Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla., was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend, when he was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Prosecutors filed charges against three teenagers yesterday after the police said the boys randomly targeted an Australian baseball player as he jogged and shot him in the back, killing him, to avoid the boredom of an Oklahoma summer day.

Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, died Friday along a tree-lined road on the well-to-do north side of Duncan, Okla. 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 yesterday was not the day to discuss the facts of the case.

The boy cried.

His bond was set at $1 million.

Duncan police Chief Dan Ford has said the boys had the simplest of motives – overcoming a boring end to their summer vacation. Ford said in a variety of interviews that the 17-year-old had told officers that they were bored and killed Lane for “the fun of it.”

Meanwhile, family and friends on two continents mourned Lane, who gave up pursuit of an Australian football career to pursue his passion for baseball, an American pastime. His girlfriend tearfully laid a cross at a streetside memorial in Duncan, while half a world away, an impromptu memorial grew at the home plate he protected as a catcher on his youth team.

“We just thought we’d leave it,” Sarah Harper said as she visited the memorial. “This is his final spot.”

Flowers, photos and an Australian flag already adorned the roadside in a tribute to the 22-year-old.

“I don’t know anybody who’s left this. It means a lot,” Harper said.

Lane played at East Central University in Ada, Okla., 85 miles east of Duncan, and had been visiting Harper and her parents after he and his girlfriend returned to the U.S. from Australia about a week ago. A former deputy prime minister in Australia called for a tourism boycott of the United States while Lane’s former clubs sought ways to honor their former teammate.

His old team in Essendon, Australia, scheduled a memorial game for Sunday to raise funds for Lane’s parents as they worked to have their boy’s remains sent home. The club said it would deliver notes of condolences sent to its headquarters.

At Essendon Catholic School, Lane will be remembered at a November Mass in which all former students who have died are mourned and celebrated, former school captain David Ireland told the Age newspaper in Melbourne.

“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 in Melbourne, 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.”

Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer criticized the National Rifle Association and asked Australians to avoid the U.S. as a way to force its Congress to act on gun control.

“Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,” Fischer told the Herald Sun in Melbourne. “This is the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gunshows. People should take this into account before going to the United States. I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers (but) it’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American.”

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Other black on white racist killings not reported by the CM......"Yet Again – Memphis Tennessee: White Man Shot By Three Black Suspects, Motive? – Trayvon Retribution"

Doth they protest too much? It would seem that some of the commenters on this thread may suffer from Glenn Beckitis, a Rush Limbaugh overdose, or Faux poisoning. The right wing echo chamber is complaining loudly--once again, about a double standard when it comes to media coverage and treatment of the Oklahoma murder compared to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. Except...Trayvon Martin was shot on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman was questioned by police but released after five hours, and not charged. The first national media stories about that shooting came over a week AFTER the killing, and Zimmerman wasn't charged until April 11. The three boys charged in the Oklahoma case were arrested and charged 4 days after the murder.

This shooting has the makings of a hate crime the alleged trigger man Chancey Allen Luna tweeted this: 90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE Yes he actually tweeted HATE. Why isn't the justice department investigating this as a hate crime. The answer is: that If Holder or Obama had a son he would look like Chancey Allen Luna. We know why the Guardians of Ignorance in the liberal media are censoring this story and that is because it doesn't push the democrat agenda.

I concur with GWTW. Where is the outrage from Sharpton/Jackson? Where's the coverage of this on MSNBC, Piers Morgan, etc? Heck, the media isn't even using this story to push their anti-gun agenda like they did with just about every other gun crime story they've covered in the past couple years. And what little coverage the media is giving this story is vastly different from the coverage they gave the Zimmerman/Martin story. I had to do some digging myself to find out the race of the perpetrators. Not that it matters, but then again, if it doesn't matter, why did it matter in the Zimmerman/Martin story???

My God...Jesse Jackson just tweeted this type of thing is "frowned upon"...what kind of message is that? I know, no money for me in this thing.

So this is it? This is the story? Can anyone see why we need a complete rework of the news media? First off, why is there no mention of the race of the killers? They are all black. What? Were we supposed to know already? Is it important? Second, its already against the law for teenagers to have hand guns. Its also illegal to shoot someone in the back, killing them. Whats the NRA got to do with this? These whacks are criminals. Thugs. Probably racists.

Judged by their appearance, one of the accused is white. As for what the NRA has to do with this: the NRA has done its bit over the last 30 years to see that our nation is awash with gun. Your other claims: "These whacks are criminals. Thugs. Probably racists." are inflammatory and mindless--it takes no mental effort to make such claims. And the 'racist' claim is already weakened, given the fact one of the 3 boys (and yes, a 17 year old is still a boy) is apparently 'white'. But aren't some of us awfully quick to play the race card, even as they claim that racism is no longer a 'problem'? http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57599302/3-okla-teens-charged-in-thrill-kill-of-aussie-baseball-player/

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/chilling-911-call-details-final-moments-of-melbourne-baseballer-chris-lane8217s-life/story-fnii5smq-1226700172461...."Edwards posted statements on his Twitter feed including a comment on April 29 where he tweeted "90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM". Edwards also weighed when George Zimmerman was acquitted over the death of Trayvon Martin. "Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:) lol sh*t ima keep sleepin sh*t! #ayeeee." "Woods" is derogatory slang for white people.

You're half-right Bruce. One of the accused is bi-racial. He has one white parent and one black parent. Just like Obama, whom the media calls black. Yet I heard them refer to the bi-racial accused as white. Yet another example of a dangerous double-standard from a media who apparently thinks no one is paying attention.

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