Australian Baseball Player Christopher Lane Killed by Teenagers in Oklahoma

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

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Police in Duncan, Okla., and family and friends of Christopher Lane are searching for answers, as the Australian-born baseball player at East Central University was shot and killed in a random act of violence on Friday, according to Sean Murphy of the Associated Press.

The 22-year-old Melbourne native was visiting his girlfriend when the incident occurred. According to Murphy, Lane was out jogging when three teenagers aged 15, 16 and 17 allegedly shot him.

Duncan chief of police Danny Ford said the 17-year-old suspect offered a detailed description of how and why the murder was carried out:

"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.'"

Ford also said that one of the boys told him they shot Lane for "the fun of it."

According to, Lane transferred to East Central University from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. He started 14 games for the Tigers last season at catcher as a junior. He finished the 2013 campaign with a .250 batting average, two RBI and one stolen base.

Lane was set to begin his senior season for the Tigers, who went 11-33 overall last year, including a 5-25 record in the Great American Conference. Lane was expected to have an expanded role with senior catchers Mac Grace and Justin Sutherland graduating from the 2013 squad:

"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."

A woman called 911 after seeing Lane stumble across the road on Friday, according to Ford. Ford also said that although police have received a confession, they have yet to recover a murder weapon.

While Ford said that police recovered a dismantled shotgun from the vehicle that the teenagers allegedly used to hunt down Lane, it is not the weapon in question.

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