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.”