Note: I deleted a comment from someone that was offensive and just plain unintelligent and uninformed. If you are looking to spray racial slurs, do it somewhere else.
UPDATED: ‘Bang, two drops in two hours’ – Teens Boast About Random Murders They Committed Because They Were Bored
Boredom. Because three teenagers in Duncan, Oklahoma were bored, 23-year old Christopher Lane, an Australian native, is now dead. Because three teenagers in were bored, they will probably spend their foreseeable future in the friendly confines of a jail cell. All three teens, ages 15, 16 and 17, are being charged with first degree murder. Whether or not they will be charged as adults has yet to be determined.
Christopher Lane was out for a run, as he routinely was known to do as part of his conditioning. He played baseball for East Central University in Oklahoma and had just recently returned to the States with his girlfriend from their native Australia. According to Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford the two had been together for four and half years.
Of the three suspects, the 17-year-old is rolling over on the other two.
“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.’” “They followed him in the car to that area, shot him in the back and drove off,” Ford said.
While no witnesses saw the shooting, neighbors did see a black car squeal its tires and speed off after hearing the shots. One neighbor called 911 after seeing Lane stumbling across the street before collapsing.
“He was face down on the ground and he was shot in the back,” builder Richard Rhodes told Australian broadcasters near a roadside memorial at the scene. “I had another lady stop and we tried CPR on him. And he passed away right here.”
Police worked with local businesses and scoured their surveillance videos to ultimately catch the three teens. After finding the teens and receiving permission to search their vehicle, they only recovered a dismantled shotgun from the car. The shotgun was not used in the crime and the gun used to kill Lane is still uncovered.
Even worse, ABC is reporting that the teens also killed another innocent victim and then even bragged about it on social media, posting “Bang. Two drops in two hours”. More information has not been released or reported about this potential second victim.
While it is ultimately up to the district attorney to decide in murder one charges should be filed, it seems like a no brainer to me. The fact that the only premeditation these boys had was boredom should be enough to throw the book at them. Think about that for a second…
They killed a man because they were BORED.
Remember when you got bored? You complained to your parents and then went and found something to do when they offered to let you clean the house or mow the lawn. These kids, instead, decided that cold blooded murder was the best option. And before you anti-gun people start pushing out your soap boxes, please take a step outside your bubble and really look at what is going on here.
This isn’t a matter of gun control. These kids were underage and didn’t have a way to purchase firearms. This is a prime example of failure to raise. The adults in these children’s lives have failed them miserably. I don’t know for sure what kind of upbringing they had, but to kill someone out of boredom strongly points to a completely shitty childhood. Although it is a hard pill to swallow, perhaps these teens didn’t know any better?
Whatever the case, these teenagers need to be tried for first degree murder and as adults. Jail is clearly the only place these three can be safely be bored.
UPDATE 2: It appears mainstream media had portrayed all three suspects as African American males at first. CBS News now has an updated picture featuring their mug shots. Also, a new report from CBS that talks about the arrests and interviews James Edwards father will probably make you angry. During the video below it is reported that Edwards laughed during his arrest and his father thinks he is innocent because “He didn’t pull the trigger, he was just there”.
Thank you to the commenters for the heads up on the picture.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be eagerly waiting to see President Barack Obama incessantly insert himself into this story and demand justice. I will also be waiting for the Rev. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton to start calling for a protest. I won’t hold my breath. Just another day in modern-day America. Disgusting.
I'm a bit confused by the picture. Other media outlets have a different picture of the 17-year-old, Michael Jones, and he is clearly white in those pictures. It isn't that it makes any difference, except to illustrate that the user "wow" is a moron.
Yup - found it. The picture that is identified here (and on a few other sites) as being Michael Jones is actually from the Facebook page of James Edwards and is identified as Edwards there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=533663733366477&set=pb.100001685655705.-2207520000.1377070384
@Justine well I actually wouldn't be surprised if this is the picture of a future murderer in the making.. no normal person puts a picture like this on their FB.
@Justine Thank you for the heads up! Initially, main stream media posted the picture of the three African American males as the suspects. It's probably a safe bet that an intern somewhere is getting fired.
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Not only did the parents fail these kids ,but the country has.We have a president that can't keep his mouth shut,a middle class that has been abandoned by greedy owners and corporations that own companies(thus parents have to work two jobs) , no one hardly goes to church anymore(it seems they all go to the mall on sundays) and the rap music and video games are disgusting!!!! I am glad my children are grown,It would be really hard to raise children with all this going on now. We have become so violent as a society, just because we can't take no for an answer,or want things fast and are too lazy to work for them.We can't be happy for people when they are lucky enough to get a new car or nice clothes? We see kids kill someone or beat them half to death to take their cell phone or expensive tennis shoes? No one stands up to bullies, someone being raped,looting of stores, filthy talk ,or parents being disrespected by their children!
The world has gon MAD.