Tulsa mayor responds to quadruple murder

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While there is a massive manhunt for the killer or killers in the quadruple murder, Tulsa’s mayor is getting a first look of the area.

“We need to demand much more accountability and much better reaction to the problems they are having,” said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.


On Monday, four women were executed in a Fairmont Terrace apartment near 61st & S. Peoria.


Twin sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor both were age 23 and friends Misty Nunley, 33 and Julie Jackson, 55 were shot to death before noon on Monday.


Currently, Tulsa police want to question Joseph Tillman, 33, about the murders but have not named him as a suspect.


Tuesday evening, Mayor Bartlett stopped to speak with FOX23 News as they were setting up their live shot.


He says he was driving through the neighborhood to see what it is like after dark, such as lightening and security.


"This just doesn't affect the people in this apartment complex it affects our entire city," said Bartlett.


Managment at Fairmont Terrace reports it has worked with police in the past about security but the mayor says that is not enough from Fairmont.


"If they are doing just enough to get by, that is not acceptable and I will put it right square at their doorstep,” said Bartlett.


He says lower income apartments need strong management.


"They need to be aggressive."

He would like better screening on who lives there, who comes through the gates and what is going on behind the fence.

"We can't just kick the can down the road, we can't do the same old thing. We can't expect a tip line to be used. People are scared,” said Bartlett.

Crime Stoppers paid thousands of dollars in rewards for tips last year. If you have any information  call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

The mayor says he will discuss with his staff and councilors are coming up with a plan within the next year to improve the area.


Memorial funds have been set up at for the Powell family at RCB Bank and Arvest Bank.  To make a donation go to any RCB or Arvest location and tell them you'd like to donate to the Powell Sisters Memorial.