A World War II veteran attacked in a home invasion died Friday morning.
The paratrooper passed away around 11 am at a Tulsa hospital. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.
The 90-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife were beaten in a home invasion on March 14th, the next day his wife, Nancy, died.
His family believes the pain the suspects inflicted on their parents caused their father to die from a broken heart.
A life shattered after 65 years of marriage.
"He was a strong man, strong heart and he loved mamma. As long as mamma was alive he was going to fight to live. But he lost that will,” said Mr. Strait’s daughter Lanora.
Bob Strait survived parachuting behind enemy lines during the invasion of Normandy in World War II, but he couldn’t survive the loss of his wife.
"His zest of life was gone when mamma died,” said Mr. Strait’s daughter Andra.
The daughters believe their parents would still be alive had robbers not invaded their home.
"When he knew mom had died in the hospital he told us he was ready to go,” said Andra.
Seven weeks later, Mr. Strait died. He passed away quietly Friday morning with Lanora by his side.
"He asked me Wednesday morning when I got here if her grave was decorated and I said, ‘yes daddy we have flowers on it and it's beautiful.’ He shook his head yes and got this funny look on his face and he looked toward the wall and I could see from that point on it was over” said Lanora.
He was surrounded by pictures of Nancy, letters from grandchildren and his favorite hobbies, wood carvings and model airplanes.
"He knew he was safe he didn't have to worry anymore,” said Lanora.
However, what keeps his family focused is the fight for justice.
"I am angry, very angry that for seven weeks my father was in a prison within himself and there are still these individuals on the street doing what they want to do. I want them picked up. I want them punished” said Lanora. "They should be punished for what they did to my mom and dad and not be allowed to do this again. No one else should suffer."
The day after the attack Tyrone Woodfork, 20, was arrested. He has been charged with Mrs. Strait’s murder and Mr. Strait’s attack.
Homicide detectives believe there are at least two other suspects, possibly a total of five.
Investigators released surveillance photos of two men seen in a stolen vehicle around the scene of the Strait’s home during the attack.
Detectives are waiting on results from forensic evidence found at the scene of the home.
Investigators are waiting on results from Mr. Strait’s autopsy. Depending on those results, it’s unclear if the District Attorney will file additional charges against Woodfork and the other suspects.
This case has attracted attention beyond Tulsa. Former Army Ranger Nick Palmisciano from North Carolina is making a plea on YouTube for people to help the family.
Today, the family received a plaque from Palmsciano and his clothing company RangerUp. He also an online donation
for the family.
A group not connected to the Straits are holding a Strait Justice Rally
ride on May 12th, at 1:00. It starts at Town Pump Lounge at 3330 S. Memorial and will end the next morning at 2:00 am.
A Justice for Bob and Nancy Strait
Facebook page has also been created by a group not related to the Strait family.
A trust has been set up in Bob and Nancy’s name at Arvest bank.
The neighborhood where the Strait’s were attacked set up an Alert Neighbor program.
If you have any information about this case 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
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