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Christopher Lane shot, killed in Oklahoma; suspects just 'wanted to kill someone'

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A random and senseless act of violence has left a 22-year-old baseball player in Oklahoma dead, his family devastated and two countries rattled.

The shooting of Christopher Lane happened last Friday in the small town of Duncan, Okla., about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City. The only reason he was shot by three teens, the suspects say, is because they wanted to kill.

Lane, a Melbourne, Australia native, was attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship. The 15, 16, and 17-year-old suspects were arrested and will likely be charged with first-degree murder, and the motive is as barbaric as anything.

"He said that the motive was, 'We just want to kill somebody," Duncan Police Chief Daniel Ford said.

Nearly 10,000 miles away, Lane's family is struggling to cope.

"He's left his mark as we know, and you know there's not going to be any good coming out of this because it was just so senseless," Lane's father, Peter, said.

Sources say that the three suspects were planning on carrying out a second murder on the same night, but were stopped by cops and caught because they could pull off another random shooting.

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