First hearing set in April Montano murder case

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TULSA, Okla. - One of the three men charged in the murder of 14-year-old April Montano is scheduled to appear before a judge Monday morning.
 
Demonte Rushing is charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm.
 
Officials said Rushing and others wanted to steal the family’s ATVs and opened fire on the Montano family truck. April Montano was killed in the shooting. That was six weeks ago.
 
“To me, the last two weeks, it’s been real hard,” said April’s father Eduardo Meza.
 
Meza said the reality that their daughter isn’t coming back has set in.
 
“Sometimes my wife wakes up at 2 or 3 in the morning and she comes over and starts crying. That’s hard,” Meza said.
 
Eduardo and Maria Meza said they’ve tried to stay strong for their other children. Maria Meza told FOX23 that April’s two best friends have visited her weekly and that has been a huge comfort.
 
The family also said they have been frustrated with getting information about the cases from the District Attorney’s Office.
 
“It’s already been six weeks and nobody called me and said we’re going to do this or do you need some help or something, you know,” Eduardo Meza said.
 
April’s parents said they’ve replayed the night she was killed hundreds of times in their minds.
 
“Sometimes I feel like it was my fault because I never stopped. But sometimes I said if I stopped they could have killed everybody. That’s the question I ask myself all the time,” Eduardo Meza said.
 
Eduardo said he wants to attend the hearing Monday to see his daughter’s killers.