Parents of ´bored´ teens who ´shot Australian baseball player´ weep in court and maintain that their sons innocence even though school friends claim they were trying to get into the notorious Crips gang Daily Mail (UK), by Meghan Keneally
The parents of the slain Australian baseball player are not the only ones hurting today as the relatives of the accused teen shooters have also spoken out about their sons, clinging onto the belief that they are not murderers. As 15-year-old James Edwards and 16-year-old Chancey Luna are held in Duncan, Oklahoma after being charged with the first degree murder of 22-year-old Chris Lane, new revelations about their personal histories give a glimpse into their troubled family lives. With one of the boy’s mothers in jail and the other´s stepfather having died last year, many are connecting their online behavior-
Sorry... I cannot believe these parents were involved with their kids upbringing. These kids were on their own for a long time to do something so deviant. I am sure these kids have a rap sheet of family dysfunction that goes back generations to the beginning of the Great Society.
Of course, three black kids hunting and killing a white guy has nothing to do with the white guy´s race. How incoherent of me to even mention.
Innocent because of the fact that they fall into the typical dysfunctional black family. I get the fact that parents are out of tune, but where is the single grandmother? Their minister? Al Sharpton? Unfortunately, this is a story told far too often in the black community and the difference between these kids and Trayvon is the outcome of their victims. The black community is largely too whipped to even teach right and wrong. Not all, but largely.
Thanks Daily Mail for the good reporting. We Americans have to turn to you for the facts. This is the sad result of these boys probably getting by with increasingly horrid behavior for years. The schools treat minority kids with kid gloves, afraid to give these kids a firm hand. The knee jerk from the black community is reverting to blame of everyone but the boys.
When neither their parents nor society are willing to discipline or punish them, and you are given chance after chance, you wind up with feral animals such as these. These are the sort of people choosing our leaders.
Why not offer the crips and bloods a free trip to a deserted tropical island, but make the crips think they are going to a different island than the bloods? Then when they all end up on the same island sooner or later it will be like the gingham dog and calico cat and the country will be a better place.
FTA - Mr Edwards’ close care of his son is necessary because the boy’s mother is currently in jail on unspecified charges. He said that while his son does have a criminal history, Edwards Sr said that it was just ´kid stuff´ and nothing serious. Mr Edwards has a criminal history himself
The whole family is criminal. Lemma guess - he was a good boy - was just turning his life around when ´this happened´.
I´v noticed since Obama took over the White House (I can´t bare to put "president" in front of his name)the blacks have been emboldened, the young ones all the way up to grandma and grandpa. They are more rude in public....I´v been nearly knocked down by young teens in the grocery....and they just brush by with no "excuse me". I´ a 75 year old woman.
We need to handle this the way the red chinese do. When the guilty verdict is issued by the 3 judge panel, the scum is immediatley taken outside to the courtyard and shot in the head. Too bad ammo is so expensive now days as it precludes executing the parents too for aiding & abetting 1st degree murder.
What a bunch of tripe. These "parents" set the bar for their thuggish offspring. Like Trayvon Martin, the parents only get involved when their precious little children create a circumstance that is beyond refute. I doubt that the parents of these three thugs are going to be made instant millionaires as were Trayvon´s "parents", but in this crazy US, one can never be too sure.
Different day, different year, but always the same mantra "My boy didn´t do it"
You cannot birth feral children and let them run the streets, and expect different results. When the mothers have to sit in jail with their kids, you might see some change. It looks like one mother is already inside waiting for her kid.
This is seriously. totally about dysfunctional families. In a Duncan, OK mobile park. This happens all the time, whether in Clovis, NM, or San Marcos, TX, or Shreveport, LA. The only reason this is getting any attention is because of the international implications. Sad & tragic, but true. I have a sense of empathy for these folks ONLY because they have no guidance, no moral compass, no fathers in the traditional sense, and nothing to turn to except gangs which give them a "family." I´m saying that their so-called recognized "leaders" have failed them in every way possible and will not even accept responsibility for the havoc they have unleashed. I hope these "kids" spend the rest of their lives in prison. I would prefer execution, but that probably isn´t gonna happen.
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