Lack of motive hard to accept in killing of two ECU students

The recent shooting death of Christopher Lane is the second homicide of an East Central University student in the past year. In both cases, the accused killers offered no motive beyond experiencing the thrill of killing someone.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: August 24, 2013

Christopher Lane is the second East Central University student gunned down since December.

In both cases, authorities said the killers had no motivation beyond wanting to know what it felt like to take a life, an explanation that has been hard to take for those who knew the victims.

ECU spokeswoman Amy Ford said the school offers counseling for students.

“When tragedies occur on or off campus, we reach out to students and remind them about these services,” Ford said. “Anytime we have a loss of one our family members, all faculty, staff and students are impacted. Our hearts go out to all of the family and friends affected.”

Generro Sanchez, 18, was shot in the head Dec. 6 near Asher after agreeing to give a ride to classmate Jerrod Murray, 19, who is scheduled to go on trial for murder next month.

According to affidavits filed in the case, Murray told investigators he killed Sanchez to see what it would feel like. Both Murray and Sanchez were freshmen living in the dorms at the school.

Prosecutors claim Murray offered Sanchez gas money to drive him to Walmart and forced him to drive to a preplanned location near his home in Asher before shooting him in the head.

Murray was arrested near the ditch where Sanchez's body was found.

Lane, 22, was shot to death Aug. 16 in Duncan. Three teens are charged in the case, and the only motive any of the accused offered to police was that they were bored.

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