Memorial held for for coach killed last week


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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 7/01/2013 3:34 pm Published: 6/26/2013 8:19 am


A killer is on the loose as police continue investigating a homicide in North Tulsa.

Police were called to the area of East 26th Street & North Yale Avenue Wednesday morning. They found Wayne Bell shot dead in his front yard.

FOX23’s Janai Norman spoke with Bell’s son, Unique Moore, who made an emotional plea for information.

“Let me have some closure, just tell me that you took my father’s life so I can move on to my life,” he said starting to tear up. “Now I can’t move on with my life because I just saw my dad slumped over behind a trash can.”

Moore was one of the first family members at the scene. He says his sister called him after seeing the story on the news, and he couldn’t believe it.

“Every kid around this neighborhood knows my dad, love my dad,” He said. “I just don’t know who would do something like this to that man.”

Police tell us they got a call Wednesday morning about a man down, but neighbors say they heard what sounded like fireworks, maybe gunshots around 10:30 Tuesday night.

They tell us they’ve heard both lately—kids shooting off fireworks, and shots fired.

We confirmed with police, Bell’s home was the target of another shooting on Monday night.

Moore said of the shooting, “he said the house was shot, I probably don’t need to come around here like that, and he just needed to get away.”

Our cameras rolled as detectives continued looking for evidence, but they haven’t announced any possible leads or suspects.

Moore says that’s all he’s asking for because someone knows something about what happened to his only father.

“Anybody that know anything, come forward. Call me, tell me something for real, so I can move on, please.”

FOX23 News confirmed Bell worked at a local juvenile detention center, and neighbors say he was also a sports coach for kids.

Sergeant Dave Walker says detectives believe Bell was targeted so they’re trying to trace his last 12-16 hours to figure out who could’ve been watching him and why.

Bell's memorial service is scheduled for Monday night at the Rose Hill United Methodists Church at 748 N. Louisville at 6 p.m.

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midniterider3 - 6/27/2013 8:38 AM
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I worked with this man and his wife. All he ever talked about was taking care of his wife and working with kids in sports in hopes of leading them on the right path. He wanted so much to help kids, but also would not take crap from them either. He was a great man, I hope they fry who ever did this regardless of their age.

jennywoods - 6/27/2013 8:24 AM
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wow i cant believe people these days they think its funny to hurt others with using weapons, drugs and even acholo i cant believe it this is a sad thing to happen to a man who problity didnt do anything to anyone just being a family man and a husabnd wow it makes no sceens in why people kill instant people for no reason

Mayor Maynot - 6/27/2013 2:52 AM
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Condolences to friends family and co-workers. Probably some gang banging idiot with a grudge related to youth detention
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