Murder For Fun

3 teens say they were ‘bored’, so they shot & killed Australian baseball player while he was jogging: cops

 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.  Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club)

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Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, Australia, was found dead Friday while visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend lives. Three boys, ages 15, 16, and 17, are in custody and face a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

OKLAHOMA CITY — An 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.

A floral tribute rests on the home plate at the Essendon Baseball Club on August 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia to honor Chris Lane.

A floral tribute rests on the home plate at the Essendon Baseball Club on August 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia to honor Chris Lane.   Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Christopher Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live, 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. A 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to police, but investigators haven’t found the weapon used in last week’s shooting, the chief said.

That teen and the others — ages 15 and 16 — remain in custody, and Ford said the district attorney is expected to file first-degree murder charges Tuesday. It wasn’t known if the three will be charged as adults or juveniles. They were to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

Lane was killed by three teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.

Lane was killed by three teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said. Gina Smith//East Central University Communications & Marketing via AP

“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,”’ Ford said. “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 was shot after he jogged past the home where the three teenagers were staying.

Lane was shot after he jogged past the home where the three teenagers were staying.                ABC News

He said they followed the 22-year-old Lane, a student from Melbourne attending college on a baseball scholarship, in a car and shot him in the back before driving off.

Ford told the television station KOCO in Oklahoma City that one of the teens said they shot Lane for “the fun of it.”

The gun that was used to shoot Lane has yet to be found.

The gun that was used to shoot Lane has yet to be found.  Essendon Baseball Club/AP

“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.”

Lane's parents Peter (right) and Donna speak at a media conference at Essendon Baseball Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Lane’s parents Peter (right) and Donna speak at a media conference at Essendon Baseball Club in Melbourne, Australia. JULIAN SMITH/EPA

Witnesses rushed to help Lane after hearing a shot Friday and seeing him stagger and collapse on a road in Duncan, a south-central Oklahoma town of about 24,000 residents.

“He was face down on the ground and he was shot in the back with a .22 revolver,” builder Richard Rhodes told Australian broadcasters near a roadside memorial at the scene. “I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him. And he passed away right here.”

Lane's sisters Jennifer (left) and Erin (right) hug their mother after the conference.

Lane’s sisters Jennifer (left) and Erin (right) hug their mother after the conference.  JULIAN SMITH/EPA

Harper said she and Lane had only returned to the United States from Australia last week.

Lane attended East Central University in Ada, about 85 miles west of Duncan. He started 14 games at catcher last year and was entering his senior year.

“He was an absolute joy to coach,” baseball coach Dino Rosato said in a statement issued by the school. “Chris was an extremely well-respected teammate. … He set a great example for all of his teammates, but more importantly for the younger players. He was a mature student-athlete who his teammates could look to for advice and support.”

Peter Lane told Australian broadcasters there was no explanation for his son’s death.

“It is heartless and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity,” he said.

Ford wouldn’t say how many times Christopher Lane was shot. Autopsy results are pending.