U.S. teens shoot and kill Australian student ‘just for fun’By Mason White 6:41 PM August 20, 2013
|Chris Lane and Sarah Harper|
By: Debbi Gross
(Scroll down for video) An Australian student, who came back to the U.S. with his girlfriend, was shot and killed by U.S. teens just three days after he arrived.
The Australian student came to the U.S. after he got a baseball scholarship.
However, his dreams were short-lived. He was chosen randomly by U.S. teens, who were looking for entertainment. The teens shot him to death “fun the of it”.
Chris Lane, 23, was jogging in the small town of Duncan in Oklahoma, on Friday, after visiting his girlfriend Sarah Harper, when he was shot in the back and left on the side of the road to die.
“He passed a residence where the three boys were, they picked him as a target, they got into a vehicle, followed him and shot him,” Danny Ford, chief of the Duncan Police Department, said.
The men came up behind Lane and shot him in the back with a small-caliber weapon, and then drove away.
A woman attempted CPR on the victim while another woman called police, but the student was pronounced dead an hour later.
The young couple had only been back in the U.S. for three days after visiting Lane’s family in Melbourne, Australia.
Harper posted a moving tribute on Facebook, calling their four years together “the most amazing of my life.”
“From 2009 until forever you will always be mine and in a very special and protected place in my heart. I love you babe,” she wrote.
The student’s family is devastated, his father Peter Lane said the death of his son was so pointless. “There was nothing he could have done. He was an athlete going on his daily jog like he did for five or six days a week as part of his training schedule,” Peter Lane said.
Oklahoma Police have arrested the 15, 16, and 17-year-olds, who were involved in the shooting. The 17-year-old allegedly confessed to the murder, saying that he and his friends were out “to kill someone.” They did not have a specific target.
All three teens were known to police and had some sort of prior run-in with the law, according to Ford.
The three are due to face charges of first-degree murder, which carry a potential death penalty in Oklahoma.