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Okla. teen arrested for shooting Australian man tweets: ‘White ppl are nasty’

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Christopher Lane was fatally shot on a street in Duncan, Okla. The Australian was attending college on a baseball scholarship in the U.S. and was visiting his girlfriend. (Essendon Baseball Club via Associated Press)

One of the teenagers arrested in the random shooting death of an Australian man on a baseball scholarship at an Oklahoma college sent out a string of colorful Twitter messages in the days leading up to the gun crime: “White ppl are nasty,” read one.

“HATE THEM,” the tweet finishes, as The Blaze reported. The tweet came from the account of James Edwards, 15, one of the three suspects in this week’s street killing of student Chris Lane.


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James, who is black, was arrested along with his friends and suspected accomplices, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16. James and Chancey were charged with first-degree murder. Michael was arrested for using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon—  the suspects allegedly fired on Lane from their car as he jogged down the street — and on charges of being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

Some of James’ tweets are proving enlightening.

One: “90 percent of white ppl are nasty. # HATE THEM.”

Another: He brags he “knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court.” The word “woods,” The Blaze said, is a term to describe white people in a derogatory manner.

Another, on Aug. 13: “With my niggas when it’s time to start taken life’s.”

And his Facebook account — before it was deactivated — wasn’t much tamer, The Blaze reported. One posting from April 19 read: “At the end of the day it’s all about the kill.”

Police revealed earlier this week that the three teen suspects are believed to have been members of a gang in Duncan, Okla., where they live. Police also revealed that Michael confessed and said the shooting stemmed from boredom, CBS reported.

Duncan police Chief Danny Ford said that “the boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody,’” CBS reported.

 

About the Author

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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