Funeral for sisters from quadruple homicide


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Updated: 1/14/2013 10:15 am Published: 1/12/2013 11:35 pm


The Powell family put twin sisters to rest on Saturday afternoon at the God’s Shining Light Church in east Tulsa.

The family is hurting, but also upset with the way Tulsa city leaders have allowed a crime infested area to grow and become the location where the women, Rebeika Lynn Powell and Kayetie Beth Powell Melchor, lost their lives.

“They murdered two young women by tying them up,” said the sister’s uncle, Peter Cypert. “I just want them not to pass without something being done to clean up 61st and Peoria.”

That neighborhood is a breeding ground for crime. In 2012 alone there were more than 600 crimes committed there, including four homicides. There are home in the area for low-income housing, including Section 8 housing. The Powell sisters were living in an apartment at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments on Monday.

“I’m hurt,” said Cypert. “I am angry. I am angry that they lived there, and we have so many people who know that is happening there and it consistently keeps happening.”

Cypert and the Powell sister’s mother, Charon Powell , plan to fix the crime infestation of 61st and Peoria.

“I don’t know who to talk to; I don’t know what to say but I think until when this city realizes what a problem we have down there it will be resolved, “ said Cypert. “It needs to be resolved. We need more cameras on gates, all that stuff, I don’t know,. There is a solution to this problem. It’s a shame we have to live in the greatest city and we have got that stuff going on and people letting it go.”

The pastor, Dixie Pebworth, at the sisters’ funeral said this was one of the hardest funerals he has ever has to minister because it was a double funeral and he is close with Mrs. Powell. She has been a member of the church since 2007. The pastor has this message for the killer or killers:

“My heart goes out to them because they were deranged as well. They were possessed by the devil himself to do something like this; they need to turn themselves in.”

Tulsa police are not revealing any leads in the case until they have more information to give the media.


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reginaclucas - 1/14/2013 7:31 PM
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So much has happen at those apartments. It is past time that they cleanup these apartments to stop the killings there. This is pitiful that these apartments are not caring about the tenants, mainly because they are low-income. Clean that place up. Prayer goes out to these families.

tiredbeingsad - 1/14/2013 1:03 PM
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Many prayers for this family and you are very correct.. God Knows. No doubt that the person(s) will be brought to justice in some way. I would not want to be them. God please save our loved ones and those that dont see you.. Please protect us and give us wisdom to see your light. Amen.

aleman - 1/13/2013 7:59 PM
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Carolsue you prove that intelligent people can put to words clearly what this dumb savage fumbles around trying to say...thank you.A degenerative,dehumanized existence for sure,no hope...you do what you have seen all your life

carolsue1ok - 1/13/2013 7:09 PM
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Does anyone every ask the question why does it happen. I am going to ask questions because I don't know but one is does it happen because the child was not raised in a two parent house where one or both parents had a job. Was the child raised around alcohol, drugs and welfare? Was the child told there is no hope? Was the child beaten instead of shown choice. Was anyone interested in their education? It is not a sin to be poor, but is a lot of this due to do bad parenting. I hear people all the time preaching at work, but did anyone tell them that drugs and alcohol is bad? I hear people on phones yelling, cussing and saying really vile things, but did anyone teach their kids about respect, standing on their own merits, hard work, and if they offer you free food, welfare, health care, but you can work and earn it yourself did anyone teach the child to say no. Just because our tax dollar pays for something doesn't mean you should except an handout unless there is no other ways. All those nice people at the entrance to the supermarket trying to raise money, so kids can go to camp, have you suggested they get out and mow lawns, walk dogs or do errands, so they can earn some of the money theirself? Just wondering.

aleman - 1/13/2013 5:52 PM
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Of all the things the human race goes through mans' inhumanity to man is the hardest to understand and never is there an excuse for it

Mayor Maynot - 1/13/2013 2:35 PM
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Reading OSCN shows that Rebeika was recently involved in a custody battle with her ex. It was in her apartment. Might be some dots to connect in that picture. When Moses passed into the land of canin God told Moses not to let his people get familiar with the people of that land. God knows. .

aleman - 1/13/2013 10:06 AM
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Nothing sadder than a life cut short by the selfish,violent actions of the sub-humans among us

Mayor Maynot - 1/13/2013 4:20 AM
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A moment of silence for the deceased and their bereft. As our lord has shed his tears in the rain that washes this land and it's people let us remember that we are all children of this world no matter what age we are.
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