Initial reports regarding the murder of college baseball player Christopher Lane revealed the sick, twisted nature of the alleged teenage murderers who took a life simply for “fun.” Now, more information has come to light regarding the disgusting hatred that may have fueled what is being described as a “thrill kill.”
Tweets from the 15-year-old member of the group, James Francis Edwards, are highly racist. One says “90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM,” while another reads “Ayeee I knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:)”
The term “woods” refers to white people in a derogatory way.
Edwards, as well as the 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna, has been charged with first degree murder as an adult. Reportedly, Luna was the one who pulled the trigger, and 17-year-old Michael Jones is being charged for driving while the gun was fired.
This random and senseless act of violence is reportedly gang-related, may have been an initiation, and stemmed from a desire for a “thrill” to alleviate some boredom. The three young men associated with the murder have been aptly characterized as “thugs” by prosecutor Jason Hicks.