Police release names of quadruple murder victims


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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.

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DogLover - 1/10/2013 12:40 AM
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The drug users and other drug dealers know who did it. They need to quit being cowards and give up any information they know. All this over some Crack it just isn't right.

grady780 - 1/9/2013 10:31 AM
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I went to school with the twins in kellyville. Katie and i had a few classes together. I actually had a crush on rebeika. Both were very bright, funny, sweet, caring and smart. Smiles that would light up the room. Its very sad to hear and my deepest condolences to the family. Their mother actually lives next door to my job...small world. Idk what could make someone so angry to do such a thing. All I can come up with is drugs or money maybe both. Either way its terrible especially with Katie's son witnessing everything. I hope whoever these guys may be are captured and punished to the farthest extent of the law and be set with no possibility applying for parole after life sentence. Once they are the life long verbal and physical abuse from other inmates still doesn't seem to be enough. I propose an eye for an eye. Tulsa needs to make an example out of these guys.

frankie12 - 1/8/2013 3:53 PM
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close the complex recreate the area by screening it for the elderly and modify the apps of the young women that get these apartments and let the drug dealers have them to sell their drugs there thats where mmost of the crimes are coming for and how they are getting away with existence in a place undetected. they paid the person more money for the space to set up their meth labs and crack homes do more inspections in these type complexes get in their business if it looks like something is going on stop saying it not my business and get your neighborhoods back make a difference for God sakes it nothing to turn awy from it can happen to any of us

QBee3 - 1/8/2013 3:47 PM
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So, let me give some more "excuses" that Oklahoma citizens might want to consider. The State incarcerates more women than any other state, per population we are #1 on pain pill addiction, we are #3 for deaths due to overdose, we are in the top 5 for incarceration of men per capita and God forbid you are a minority. We also have the rare privilege of being one of the leading states for obesity, tobacco use, unemployment, and sadly I could continue. About 3 yrs ago we rec'd the horrific honor for being one of the top states for the human trafficking of children. Why we continue to vote the way we do as a whole is insanity. It's time for a change........ Like Clinton said it's simple arithmetic.

QBee3 - 1/8/2013 3:40 PM
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WOW Soonerchick58. You must not believe in karma or "judge not lest ye be judged" or you reap what you sow. Be careful ma'm, if you can't seem to understand the true point of this story, life has a funny way of teaching you compassion. Tulsa has a problem on the block of 61st/ South Peoria. It's been a problem. This tragedy rec'd national coverage. Maybe TPD and city officials will finally do something about the crime rate and victimization that occurs in a very small area of the city.

Soonerchick58 - 1/8/2013 2:58 PM
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I am really tired of hearing some of you make excuses for why these apartment exists. ALOT of these residence have the ability to work and get the heck off welfare and they don't. It is time to poney up and start holding these criminals accountable. We need to make an example out of this/these murders. Please help out the father of these twins!

memyselfandeye - 1/8/2013 11:40 AM
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I heard them say on the news that there were security cameras in place. Were they not working? Someone HAD to have seen or heard something. Someone please come forward and give up your information. This is terrible. We have got to get these thugs off the streets and take back our town. Tulsa crime is out of control! Larry, I pray for you and your family and the other families that have lost dear loved ones in such a senseless tragedy.

WyoMoe - 1/8/2013 11:27 AM
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What a terrible tragedy. 4 beautiful lives taken over what? The problem is not with Race, Guns, Neighborhoods, etc. It is with Drugs. Until we actually declare a real war on Drugs these type of horrible things will continue to happen. God Bless you Larry and family. I'm ready to help you.

james340 - 1/8/2013 11:17 AM
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need to clean up the section 8 housing. i hear all hours of the night the ambulances making the run on 61st from the hoods to saint francis. no one should live in fear of your neighbors. clean up the drugs, prostitution, and crime not just when its on tv. i pray that larry will get the help to bury his daughters and raise his grandson. find the killer and fry them!

Cowetian - 1/8/2013 11:01 AM
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I pray that Tulsa comes together and help Larry in his time of need! If there is a donation for this, can someone please post it on here.
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