As many struggle to understand the senseless killing of 22-year-old Christopher Lane in Oklahoma — and focus on the three teenagers accused of the shooting — the story of what happened in Lane’s final moments is both heartbreaking and somewhat hopeful.
Out for an afternoon run in Duncan, Okla., Lane was allegedly targeted by three teens who were “bored and wanted to see someone die.” After the shot was fired to try to kill Lane, however, there were three different strangers coming together to try to save his life.
Nick O’Malley with Australian newspaper The Age has the story, which profiles Richard Rhodes and Lindsey Moore, contractors who were painting a house nearby, and Joyce Smith, a woman who pulled her car over after thinking the gunshot was her tire going flat.
None of the three knew Lane.
From The Age:
“I was like this, telling him, ‘buddy, stay with us, stay with us,'” Rhodes said, demonstrating how he knelt by Lane and looked into his eyes. By then, Lane was taking long desperate breaths, punctuated by ominous silences. Another woman pulled over and came to help.
“He’s been shot, we’re fixing to lose him,” Rhodes told her. Soon the gasps ended. They could not find a pulse. Together they rolled him over and the woman began chest compressions as Rhodes breathed into Lane’s mouth.
Their desperate attempt to save him stopped after a few minutes, with Smith telling Rhodes, “Honey, he’s gone.” She then closed his eyes with her fingertips, according to The Age.
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