Police: ECU Baseball Player, Australian Native Target Of Random Killing

Monday, August 19th 2013, 8:21 pm
By: News 9

A college baseball player was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Duncan. Duncan Police say three juveniles were on a killing spree when they shot 22-year-old Australian native Christopher Lane.

Lane was in town visiting a friend when he was randomly killed.

Duncan Police say it appears the teenagers were keeping a log of the crimes on their Facebook pages. They believe the young suspects killed an animal before shooting Christopher Lane, and were set to kill again just four hours after his murder.

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Investigators say the teenagers allegedly wanted to see someone die and randomly chose Christopher Lane as their target.

Lane was shot while he was jogging on Friday afternoon. He died on the side of the road.

More than 14,000 people have questioned the motive for the senseless killing on a Facebook page dedicated to Lane's memory. But police cannot say much about the details of the murder unless charges are filed against the juveniles.

Their parents can, though. Jennifer Luna says the three accused, her 16-year-old son Chancey Luna, and his friends James Edwards and Michael Jones are a part of a "wannabe gang." But she is confident her son is not a killer.

"I know in my heart he didn't pull that trigger," Luna said.

But Luna says if evidence shows her son was involved in the death of Christopher Lane, then she would expect him to be held responsible.

District Attorney Jason Hicks will now decide if the teenagers should be tried as adults.

Charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday.