Australian native Chris Lane was going to college in the United States on a baseball scholarship, but he saw his dreams vanish along with his life last Friday.
Lane, 22, was shot in the back and left to die on the side of a road in Duncan, Okla.
Three unidentified teenagers aged 15, 16 and 17 were arrested for the allegedly murdering the young man (video below).
“He apparently was jogging," said Chief Danny Ford of the Duncan Police Department to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "He went by a residence where these three boys were, they picked him as a target, they went out and got in a vehicle and followed him. [They] came up from behind and basically shot him in the back with a small caliber weapon, then sped away. They wanted to be Billy Bob Badasses. I think they were on a killing spree. We would have had more bodies that night if we didn’t get them.”
According to the AAP, police said one of Lane's alleged killers wrote on Facebook: “Bang. Two drops in two hours," which suggested a second victim.
Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, attended with East Central University and was the team's catcher.
“There’s not going to be any good come out of this because it was just so senseless,” said Chris' father Peter Lane. “There wasn’t anything he did or could have done. He was an athlete going for a jog like he would do five or six days a week in terms of his training schedule. He was just a kid on the cusp of making his life. To try and understand it is a short way to insanity.”
The killing made headlines in Australia, where the homocide rate is far below the United States thanks to a gun control law signed into law in 1996 by then-Prime Minister John Howard, noted the Washington Post.