The Norman Transcript

August 20, 2013

Police: Australian player target of random killing

Associated Press
The Associated Press

DUNCAN — Police say an Australian man who attended an Oklahoma college on a baseball scholarship was shot to death in a random act of violence by three teenagers who were “bored.”

Duncan Police Chief Dan Ford said Christopher Lane of Melbourne was found dead Friday. Three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, face a court appearance Tuesday.

Lane attended East Central University in Ada, about 85 miles from Duncan. The 22-year-old started 14 games at catcher last year.

Ford said Monday that the 17-year-old confessed to the killing, telling investigators “we were bored.”

The school’s baseball coach, Dino Rosato, said Lane was “an absolute joy to coach.”

Lane’s father, Peter, said the family is devastated by the loss of a “sensational kid.”