Okla. Police: Aussie Athlete Slain by 'Bored' Teens

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A shooting in Oklahoma is sending shockwaves across the nation. Three teenagers have been charged in the death of a college baseball star who was gunned down in broad daylight.

The victim was 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who authorities say was jogging in Duncan, Okla., Friday when the suspects drove by and opened fire.

The star athlete, born in Australia, was attending East Central University in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship.

"He was a kid on the cusp of making his life," Christopher's father, Peter Lane, said. "He gave up a lot to follow his dreams. There's not going to be any good come out of this because it was just so senseless."

"There wasn't anything he did or could have done," he continued. "It's happened, it's wrong, and we just try and deal with it the best we can."

"They were a really lovely couple," shared Christoper's mother, unable to hold back the tears.

Lane had left the home of his girlfriend, Sarah Harper, shortly before he was gunned down.

"I'm really glad that I got the four years with him," Harper said.

This week prosecutors charged two Oklahoma teenagers, James Edwards, Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, with first-degree murder. A third teen has been charged as an accessory.

Police say the boys went out last Friday looking for a "thrill killing." Investigators say one of the suspects claimed, "We were bored and had nothing to do."

"They witnessed the young man run by on the street... chose him as a target," Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said.

The teens allegedly posted this cryptic message on social media: "Bang two drops in two hours." Authorities say their goal was to kill at least one other person.

Business owners with surveillance video near the scene of the murder helped police track down the teens.

Meanwhile, back in Australia on the field where Christopher first played baseball, home plate is now covered in flowers to honor a 22-year-old man taken by senseless violence.

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