Brother Was In a Gang
The London Daily Mail
The sister of James Edwards, one of a trio of teenagers who allegedly gunned down an Australian baseball player because they were "bored," claimed today her brother was involved in a gang and isn't telling the whole truth because he fears for his life.
Rachel Ibarra-Padilla, 37, broke down in tears at the make-shift shrine of tragic Christopher Lane, 22, this afternoon and said her brother had become involved with "older boys" who "enticed" them to kill the promising athlete as he jogged on Friday afternoon.
"They were hanging out with the wrong people, older boys in gangs, guys who have been in prison. People with a criminal history," said Padilla, who viewed the floral tributes with her mother, Liz Fleetwood, 62 in Duncan, Oklahoma.
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.
Ibarra-Padilla, who did not lay flowers but did read touching notes left by well-wishers, said that the boys all "feel intimidated" and are not telling police the truth about why they seemingly murdered an innocent man:
"The reason they are not telling the truth about who is behind this, is because they are afraid for their lives. There are other people involved. They know if they tell the truth, that their lives will be in danger and so will their family's."
She continued, "I fear for my life. I fear that I will be targeted. But let me say this if anything happens I will defend myself and my father."
She briefly hugged her mother, who said she was there to support her daughter. "We feel for the young man's family, I wish I could bring him back"...
Ibarra-Padilla claims were in contrast to that of the police in Duncan, Oklahoma, whose residents are still reeling from the shocking murder of Australian baseballer, Lane.
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.
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."
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."
"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.
"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.
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Editor's Note: And, but for a very generic and generalized statement from Jesse Jackson, Sr., crickets and massive inaction from the race-baiters, including Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Van Jones and Barack Obama...
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