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EXCLUSIVE: Three 'bored' teens who 'gunned down Australian baseball star' were influenced by ultra-violent rapper Chief Keef, police believe

One of three

 

  • James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, are accused of the first degree murder of Chris Lane, an Australian student on a baseball scholarship
  • Friend Michael Jones, 17, is charged with being an accessory to the crime and driving the getaway car
  • Police reveal they believe the boys were influenced by rap music and particularly by Chief Keef - who Edwards tweeted about day before murder
  • No proof yet the boys were part of a gang - but were certainly wannabes and had criminal past
  • Edwards tweeted about beating up 'whites' who he 'hated' after Trayvon Martin verdict
  • Revealed that one of the boys 'danced and laughed' as he was booked hours after Chris' killing

The three boys alleged to have gunned down an Australian baseball player out for a run because they were 'bored' were influenced by an ultra-violent rapper, police revealed to MailOnline today.

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said that rather than being part of any gang, which had been suggested before, authorities believe the boys were just wannabes who were emulating the thuggish beliefs of their idols, with Chief Keef being prime suspect.

James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, are accused of the first degree murder of Christopher Lane as he went for a jog last Friday. Friend Michael Jones, 17, is charged with being an accessory to the crime and driving the getaway car.

Tough image: Edwards posted videos of him tossing around guns and looking threatening
Tough image: Edwards posted videos of him tossing around guns and looking threatening

Tough guy: Edwards posted videos of him tossing around guns and looking threatening in a blue bandana associated with the notorious Crips gang

NEW YORK, NY
JAMES EDWARDS

Role model: Edwards was a huge fan of ultr-violent rapper Chief Keef, left

It emerged today that the day before Edwards is alleged to have shot dead Christopher, 22, in a drive-by from a black Ford Focus, he tweeted about rapper Chief Keef.

Two days earlier he posted a chilling tweet that was a lyric from the rapper's song I Don't Like. It read: 'With my n****s when it's time to start taken life's' (sic). Other lyrics in the same song include 'pistol toting and I'm shooting on sight'.

Today, Ford said: 'These boys were more into some rapper that goes around, his music is violent. More than gang stuff. One of the parents said something about rap.

'These boys have no respect for life or authority or society, it doesn't matter who it is. By one of their own words, they saw him go by, and they said, "there's the target" and they followed him and shot him. He could have been anybody walking down the street.'

Chilling: Edwards posted these lyrics from a Chief Keef track three days before the murder

Chilling: Edwards posted these lyrics from a Chief Keef track three days before the murder

24 hours to murder: Just a day before the killing Edwards again referenced Chief Keef

24 hours to murder: Just a day before the killing Edwards again referenced Chief Keef

The small town has been rocked by the senseless murder that has sent shockwaves around the world, leaving many wondering what drove the 'bored' boys to apparently kill just for the thrill of it, as Jones is said to have apparently admitted to police.

Race has been raised as a factor, as have gangs after one local man who claimed his son was to be the next victim said the boys were part of the notorious Crips gang and the killing was part of an 'initiation'

James Johnson said: 'My son called me and said, "They're saying they're coming to kill me," so I called the police and they got here within about three minutes.

‘They threatened to kill my son because they are in a gang, the Crips, and were trying to get my son in it and I wouldn't let him do it.'

Suspects: Michael Jones (left) is accused of being an accessory to murder while Chancey Luna (center) and James Edwards (right) face first degree murder charges for the shooting of an Australian student

Suspects: Michael Jones (left) is accused of being an accessory to murder while Chancey Luna (center) and James Edwards (right) face first degree murder charges for the shooting of Christopher Lane

Victim: Chris Lane (left) was shot when he was jogging during a visit to his girlfriend Sarah Harper's (right) family home in Duncan, Oklahoma on Friday

Random: Police chief Danny Ford said 'it could have been anybody' who was killed that day. But it was Chris Lane (left) and his girlfriend Sarah Harper has talked of her heartbreak at the 'senseless' killing

'These kids can be good kids- they are good kids- they just don't have any male figures in their lives,' he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

GUNS AND B*****ES: LYRICS FROM CHIEF KEEF SONG  'I DON'T LIKE' 

The bolded line below was posted on James Edwards' Twitter page just days before he allegedly shot and killed Chris Lane:

Fake Trues that's that sh*t I don't like

Fake shoes, that's that sh*t I don't like

Fake n****s, that's that sh*t I don't like

Stalking a** b****, sh*t I don't like

I done got indicted selling all white

But I won't never snitch none in my life

I keep this sh*t 3hunna b****, I'm going right

With my n****s when it's time to start taking lifes

Playing both sides, sh*t that I don't like

Wartime spark broad day, all night

Playing both sides, sh*t that I don't like

Wartime spark broad day, all night

'I don't think it was for fun. I don't think it was random. I think it was initiation.'

His comments came after it emerged the boys had posted pictures of themselves doing gang signs with their hands, pretending to use wads of cash as telephones and posing with guns in social media videos.

Edwards also changed his profile picture on August 9 to show his face hidden in a blue bandana - typically associated with the Crips and its affiliates - and they are active in Oklahoma. Four Crips were indicted on drugs charges in Tulsa in June.

But Detective John Byers, who is leading the investigation and is the town's gang expert, told MailOnline: 'Jones, the white gentleman, I've not known him to be claiming to be part of any gang. 

'On Edward's posts he is throwing up hand signs, but I haven't known him to say he's part of any gang - and we have no knowledge of Luna being involved with the other two before at all.

'I cannot say this is a gang. They knew each other, they hung out. they committed crime. Yes, by classification, to be called a gang, they have to have some kind of initiation and call themselves a certain name, but at this point I can't say they are a gang.

Questionable ties: School friends claimed that Edwards (center) and Luna (right) were trying to join the local chapter of the notorious Crips gang, and they posted pictures to their Facebook where they are holding gang signs

Questionable ties: School friends claimed that Edwards (center) and Luna (right) were trying to join the local chapter of the notorious Crips gang, and they posted pictures to their Facebook where they are holding gang signs

'Social media has played a large part of this investigation.'

It also emerged today that Edwards, whose family said he had once wanted to be an Olympic wrestler, had posted on his Twitter that he ‘hated white people’ and boasting that he beat up five white people after the George Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

On Twitter, he boasted of killing white people, using the derogatory term 'woods', following the controversial George Zimmerman verdict, and making racist comments in earlier messages.

'Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:) lol sh*t ima keep sleepin sh*t! #ayeeee,' he wrote.

In another, he said: '90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM'.

 

Victim: Christopher Lane, 22, was visiting his girlfriend's family in Duncan, Oklahoma and out for a jog when he was killed

Victim: Christopher Lane, 22, was visiting his girlfriend's family in Duncan, Oklahoma and out for a jog when he was killed

Ford wouldn't be drawn on race as a motive today. He said: 'I don;t have anything on that, I know that's what the United States is talking about, we don't have anything that connects this with what they've said on Facebook.'

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Edwards, seemingly showing huge bravado, danced and laughed after the trio were arrested.

Byers told MailOnline: 'He did some kind of dance at the booking counter. There's a long desk that you stand in front of. When they got him up to that desk, he began to dance, he did some kind of dance motion.'

Police Chief Danny Ford told The Herald Sun that Edwards said it was 'no big deal' and that he also 'laughed.

'He didn't say anything for a while after, then on Sunday we got a call from the jailhouse that he had something to tell us.'

In public, Edwards' father told how his 15-year-old son wanted to be an Olympic wrestler and said that he knew where his boy was '95 per cent' of the time.

Luna's mother said that he was a good boy who had been through a tough year after being forced out of school following his stepfather's and brother's deaths. 

She was hoping that he would make something of himself as he planned to go back to the classroom next week when the school year starts again. 

Distressing: Sarah Harper, the girlfriend of slain Australian baseball player Chris Lane, speaks with Anderson Cooper on CNN in this video grab made on August 21, 2013

Distressing: Sarah Harper, the girlfriend of slain Australian baseball player Chris Lane, speaks with Anderson Cooper on CNN last night

During a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Luna and Edwards looked stony-faced and did not even glance over to their crying relatives in the courtroom.

Jones, 17, did show some emotion, but not as much as his pregnant girlfriend had to leave the room because she was sobbing uncontrollably.

Officials now believe that Lane was not their first target, though he was their first human victim. 

Police chief Ford said that during their investigation they found a dead donkey that had been killed with a shotgun just a block away from where Lane was murdered.

Because of Lane's nationality, the case has gained national attention, but some have criticized the White House for not reacting strongly enough. 

A State Department spokeswoman put out a statement earlier this week saying that the federal government is 'deeply saddened' by Lane's death but she did not comment on any specific action.

'This is clearly a tragic death, and we extend our condolences to the family and the loved ones. We understand that local authorities are focused on bringing those responsible to justice. Clearly, we would support that,' she said at a briefing on Tuesday.

Australia's former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer called for his fellow countrymen to think of this shooting when they are planning a trip to the United States.

Senseless: Police Chief Danny Ford told MailOnline that the killers had no respect for authority or society

Senseless: Police Chief Danny Ford told MailOnline that the killers had no respect for authority or society

Shock: Residents of Duncan have been convulsed by the murder that has attracted worldwide attention

Shock: Residents of Duncan have been convulsed by the murder that has attracted worldwide attention

The victim's stunned girlfriend is struggling to comprehend why three teenage boys allegedly gunned him down in the middle of the day because they were 'bored'.

Sarah Harper, 22, appeared on CNN Wednesday night describing her boyfriends death as 'surreal', Harper said that she had no idea why anyone could do this to the 'most genuine and kind-hearted person' she knew, who 'made everyone feel special'.

She said that she 'can't make sense' of the killing in the small, quiet town of Duncan, Oklahoma, as he jogged on Friday afternoon.

Telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that her boyfriend 'loved the adventure' of living away from his native Australia, she said, 'there's no way to describe whats happened. It's the hardest thing to describe what’s happening.'

This kind of crime is extremely rare for the small town of Duncan, which is about 100 miles south west of Oklahoma City.

'We don't have anything like this happen here. We have a pretty boring town here,' said on CNN.
'Everyone runs on that street...in the middle of the road.'

Harper confirmed that she would be traveling to Lane's hometown of Melbourne, Australia for his funeral.



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Comment by Elaine Blue on August 27, 2013 at 2:49pm

Idiot's! And the people that they should be fighting against is home laughing at them. SMH

Comment by vaughn mitchell on August 24, 2013 at 1:12am

yeah go ahead cops, blame it on rap music, sorry you can't stop rap music, just like you can't stop gun violence, how about stricter gun laws. Lock their parents up as well for not being parents.

Comment by Jackie on August 23, 2013 at 11:04pm
can't blame it on the music. If your a weak a#) mind goes out and kill because you heard a song. come on most of these rappers never killed. it's entertainment. those kids will seer now how they turn on each other, they have no strength against the detectives, they will be crying for their mommies, and bending over for another man. the killing was senseless and cowardly.
Comment by unell mitchell on August 23, 2013 at 6:42pm

Funny how the kid who could be hispanic or white did not get the same charge. The reason I said that is because years ago a black kid was with two white kids that rob a store and killed someone and the black kid who was not in the store with them got more time than they did because at trial they said it was his idea. 

Comment by Dark Angel on August 23, 2013 at 5:59pm

Same thing i was wondering,Cheif who? ohhhhh please Thank God I don't listen to crap. If you'RE bored,go to the gym,play some sports,pick up a book most of all go WORK.

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on August 23, 2013 at 1:29pm

Cheif who ?

Comment by Dr. Phillip Valentine on August 23, 2013 at 12:42pm

Would like to see as equal an amount of "thug pics" on the Spanish/white looking boy as well. Been an uncanny amount of attention on the 2 black boys. Ain't seen any indepth "human interest" on him yet...

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on August 23, 2013 at 11:08am

White Power!!!! Just kidding ya'll but have said it from long time !!! White America fears us for a reason !!! Even after Columbine,Oklahoma bombing,The Child hostage situation in Georgia,Charles Manson,Ted Bundy,Vietnam,we are still the most feared race on the planet!!!! It's scary and trust me believe what I tell you before they would point a gun at any other race they would shoot,arrest,kill us first!!! Though Mexicans are moving up fast on the charts!!! Not being funny it's a crime statistic graph the CIA/FBI/Homeland Security uses !!!

Comment by carolyn johnson on August 23, 2013 at 9:17am

these dam kids or cold hearted killer no dam influence all these a******* need was the gun and bullets and that f***** up ass brain that's it  their dam head give those mf the death pen.

Comment by toomuchinfo on August 23, 2013 at 8:10am
So wait violent movies wasn't to blame violence on d computer wasn't to blame your goverments forign policy played out on news every day of their lives wasn't to blame the racist mentality of most white people wasn't to blame their peers weren't to blame police with guns weren't to blame their parents weren't to blame pop music which also sings about violence nor books or the fact dat australian were a nation built on crimanals weren't to blame wat they saw on facebook weren't to blame nor the trayvon martins case or the blatant racial unrest goin on in the world weren't to blame but a teenage rapper who's balls aint even dropped yet half way across the world is? So maybe all these old philoserfers and politions are to blame for the ignorance I see in white people.

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