|Updated: 1/08/2013 1:53 pm
||Published: 1/07/2013 1:28 pm
Tulsa police have identified four women shot and killed at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments in south Tulsa on Monday.
Police say 23-year old Rebeika Powell, 23-year old Kayetie Melchor, 33-year old Misty Nunley and 55-year old Julie Jackson were shot and killed around noon on Monday.
Police say the initial 911 call was made just after 12:30 pm.
A three-year-old child found with the victims is in protective custody. Police say the child was not physically hurt.
Police were alerted to the crime scene when a friend of one of the victims went to check on the women and discovered the bodies.
FOX23 spoke to Larry Powell on Monday. His 23-year old twin daughters were two of the women shot to death. The father says the little boy is the son of one of his daughters.
"My kids are gone. I was supposed to get one of them last night and take my granddaughter but she never did call," said Larry. Instead he got the call Monday morning. He worries about his three-year-old grandson who may have witnessed the killings.
"He's just a baby and had to sit there and look at what they did. How could you do something like that? It's pitiful."
Larry said his son died ten years ago. Now all of his children are gone.
"You never think you are going to bury your kids,” said Larry.
This quadruple murder is affecting police too.
"Very tragic to have one life lost but to have four lost in one day at the same scene, it's very heartwrenching," said Officer Leland Ashley.
"Whole life ahead of them. Their life thrown down the drain like it was nothing. Whoever did it meant nothing, nothing to them," said Larry.
Larry had hoped to move his twin girls out of Fairmont Terrace. Now he wonders how he can pay for two funerals, and two burials.
"I don't know how we are going to put our kids away right. The burden of it, and go through it all," he said while crying.
Police say they want to speak with anyone who might have information about this crime. Officers are saturating the area looking to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard something. Officer Leland Ashley told FOX23, "We’re pulling out all the stops to get this individual or individuals into custody."
Officer Leland Ashley added, "We're hoping someone comes forward, we've got a lot of questions that need to be answered."
You can call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS if you have any information that could help police. Police say you can remain anonymous and any information could be helpful, even if it seems insignificant.
A neighbor, Jeanette, tells FOX23 security has been top of mind at the complex in recent months, due to numerous violent crimes in the area.
"We just had a meeting last week with the apartment building and we had good things that came out of it, and now here we go on Monday," said Jeanette.
Apartment management and security would not go on camera but say, last fall, they met with TPD and implemented recommendations such as scanning visitors id's. There's also a 10pm curfew with security walking the complex.
"Yeah, it makes me feel a lot better that they are there at night," said neighbor Amanda Davis.
However, neighbors showed us that despite the ID scanner and gate, one gate could be easily kicked open to gain access to the property.