A recent tragedy seems like it was ripped from an episode of Law & Order, but sadly for the victim and his family, it’s real.

According to prosecutors in Oklahoma, a group of teens shot and killed college baseball player Christopher Lane as he was jogging in his girlfriend’s neighborhood. Why? One of the teens apparently told police the group was bored.

“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” the chief, Danny Ford, told the AP. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’”

The teens—ages 15, 16, and 17—were arrested and will be charged with first-degree murder.

The victim’s parents, who live in Australia, called the horrendous slaying “heartless.”

The mother of one of the alleged killers, Jennifer Luna, said she doesn’t believe her 16-year-old son was involved with the crime, but if he is connected to Lane’s death he should be punished.  According to an Australian news outlet, the 17-year-old alleged killer told police that Luna’s son was the one who actually shot Lane, but Luna’s mother doesn’t believe it. She told a reporter, “I know he didn’t pull the trigger.”

Christopher’s girlfriend, Sarah Harper, had harsher words for the teens: “I don’t really care what happens to them,” she said in an interview with 9 News of Australia. “I feel like if they don’t get what they deserve now and in the present, they will eternally. They’re just evil people.”

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  • geenababe

    I found that interesting that the suspects were both black and white. I didn’t notice until I looked at the news this morning. I was trying to avoid this story.
    @ Anthony
    Yeah, I can’t do it. I will read the comments on a neutral story about something other than people or about white people but I can’t do it when it comes to minorities. It takes a strong person to read every racist comment and not get mad. I mean its funny because out of a 100 racist comments maybe five will check the people for speaking the way they are. However, I notice how it is very different on sites that cater to black people.

  • I think the parents are in denial. More times than not, parents know when their kid has a problem. This likely has not been the first time these kids have behaving badly. For all the parents to say their kids are innocent is puzzling. There are plenty of juveniles here who have had their parents loudly speak up, in court, that their kids are bad, and they don’t know what to do about it. In cases like these, parents should be punshied too.

    I live in Oklahoma and this is the kind of foolishness we deal with all the time.

    Duncan is a very small quiet mostly white town. These little boys are BLACK. One looks white but he’s biracial. THE VICTIM IS NOT BLACK, and in Oklahoma, that’s all it takes. Had it been in the city, it may not be such a buzz about, but since it’s little podunk Duncan, OMG.

    Now the Duncan high school is closed campus today because someone made some threats.

  • ETC

    This is very disturbing, and an overall indicator of issues for this new generation. It seems that many youth are desensitized and lack empathy and sympathy. I am not sure what is making it more widespread, but I would wager the media, tv shows and TECHNOLOGY have a lot to do with this overall apathy/self-destruction seen in young people. We have to get back to connecting with each other and showing respect!