To many in this quaint Oklahoma city, including Chris Lane's grieving girlfriend, the three "bored" boys accused of randomly selecting and then killing the Australian baseballer are evil.
Speak to two of the boys' parents and it's a different story.
"That's my baby boy," said the mother of the 16-year-old accused of firing the single bullet from a handgun into the back of Mr Lane last Friday as he jogged along Duncan's Country Club Road, one of the city's real estate gems.
She does not believe her son was involved in the shooting, saying on Monday he was not a member of a gang and definitely not the one who pulled the trigger.
The father of the youngest boy accused of being in the car, a 15-year-old, admitted his son had been in some previous "kid stuff" trouble with the law, but described him as a good boy who also was not part of a gang.
"I don't think so," the father replied when asked if his son could have been part of the murder.
"Because he's not the type of person. He likes to wrestle. He's into sports."
The two teens have suffered tragic lives, their parents said. The 15-year-old's mother is in jail. The 16-year-old last year dealt with the death of his stepfather and brother.
The two boys, along with the 17-year-old who told police he was driving the black Ford Focus, have been locked up in Stephens County Jail since their arrest on Friday and may never spend another day of their lives free.
District Attorney Jason Hicks will announce on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) at the boys' arraignment what charges the trio will face.
If it is first-degree murder, they can be sentenced to a maximum term of life in prison.
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford says he has secured the confession of the 17-year-old who summoned investigators to his jail cell on Sunday and claimed he and the younger boys were bored "so they decided to kill somebody".
"He said he was the driver of the car," Chief Ford said.
"They saw Christopher jog by the house they were at, they chose him to be the target, they got in the car, drove up behind him and shot him in the back.
"He said the 16-year-old fired the shot."
The murder of 22-year-old Mr Lane, who was staying with his girlfriend Sarah Harper in Duncan ahead of going back to Oklahoma's East Central University where he majored in finance and was the catcher on the team's baseball team, is the talk of Duncan.
The locals are disgusted their once peaceful, largely law-abiding city has attracted negative international publicity.
They fear gangs are corrupting their youth and they want the Lanes in Melbourne and Ms Harper's family to know they are in their prayers.
Ms Harper visited the site on Monday where her boyfriend took his last breath - on the side of the road near the corner of Twilight Beach and Country Club Road.
An Australian flag, flowers and a sign which reads "Rest in peace Chris" and the psalm "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble" have been placed as a memorial.
Ms Harper said she didn't care what happened to the accused.
"I feel that if they don't get what they deserve now in the present they will eternally," she said.
"They're evil people and they'll be taken care of eventually."
The 16-year-old's mother said her son should be punished if guilty, but not for the rest of his life.
"I know he didn't pull the trigger," she said.