The high school attended by the teens involved in the shooting death of college baseball player, Chris Lane from Australia has been on heightened alert due to anonymous threats preceding arrest. Duncan High School and Middle School have added extra security as a precaution. Dr. Sherry Labyer, Duncan Superintendent announced later today the closed schools would reopen and resume as usual on Thursday.
The two teenagers arrested and charged in the shooting death of Lane are James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16. A third teenager, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, the alleged driver, was charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree. All of the teens were charged as adults.
Authorities believe Lane who was visiting his girlfriend Sarah Harper in Duncan, was jogging along Country Club Road when he was shot in the back. Police Chief Dan Ford described the shooting as a thrill killing.
Lane was soon discovered by Joyce Smith who happened upon his bloody body lying in a ditch. As soon as Smith saw Lane she called 911. Lane was taken to Duncan Regional Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead exactly 50 minutes after Ms. Smith called 911.
The teens were found 4 hours later in the parking lot of Immanuel Baptist Church of Duncan. When questioned about reason behind the shooting, the teens stated that they were bored and decided to kill someone.
Lane was a senior at East Central University in Ada, Okla.. He was playing baseball on a scholarship. He was a catcher who started 14 games and hit .250 for the Tigers this season.
Our condolence and prayers go out to all of the friends and family that have been affected by this senseless act of violence.