Murder victim's boyfriend talks about the night she died

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/01/2012 9:33 pm Published: 6/01/2012 7:48 pm

East Tulsa --

It’s nearly one week later and there are still no answers in the death of 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante. Kayla was shot and killed last Saturday night just one day after she graduated from Memorial High School. The bullet traveled through the license place and trunk before hitting her in the back. It happened near 122nd and east 15th street just before midnight.

Her boyfriend, Neikko Perez, tells FOX23 that he was taking Kayla home that night when it happened. He had just told her he loved her when all of a sudden, they heard what sounded like fireworks. Then, Kayla started to gasp for breath.
The two had dated for more than a year and were planning a lifetime together.

“Right when she was 18 we would get married and start our life. She would move in with me and we would start,” says Perez.

But Saturday, May 27th, changed everything.

"Right before it happened I was just holding her hand. I wasn't looking at the road, I was looking straight at her and I told her I love you,” Perez says.

Then, Kayla started to gasp for air.

"She was bleeding from her chest and I ran around to the driver's side and I started honking the horn,” he says.

Frantic, Neikko began screaming for the neighbors to call 911.

"It was the scariest thing of my life. I never thought something like this would happen,” he says.

Now, all that remains of Kayla are photos and a huge hole in his heart.

"I barely eat. I'm a big guy and I barely eat. I try to work and it's hard to focus and I only get a couple hours of sleep. That's it,” Perez says.

Police are working quickly to try and piece together what happened, but they don’t have much to go on. Officers have reason to believe the shooter used a high-powered assault rifle.

"I just want to find out why and who did this. She didn't deserve it,” he says.

Kayla had just graduated from Memorial High School and was looking forward to eventually working with special needs children. Perez tells FOX23 the night Kayla was killed; he had borrowed his boss’s car because it was parked behind his truck. TPD is not sure if that car was a target.

The Tulsa Police Homicide unit is asking for the public’s help to solve this crime.
You can call the homicide tip line at 918-798-8477

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mas5441 - 6/4/2012 11:26 PM
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@ Lovin Tulsa - Tulsa curfew ordinance states that curfew begins at 12:01am-6:00am on Saturday night. This young lady WAS just houses down from being home PRIOR to curfew. She was exactly where she was supposed to be. (graduation party with family that afternoon, with friends and family that evening) Mr. Perez was driving his boss' car. His boss, who also happens to be a VERY close family friend and is in absolutely NO way a suspect. I agree that their are many, many parents that need to have more interest in the lives and whereabouts of their underage children and should focus on being a effective parent, But this is NOT the case of this young lady and shame on you for defaming her parents and blaming this tragedy on their lack of parenting.

Lovin Tulsa - 6/3/2012 10:37 PM
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Several questions about this story remain with me after an entire week. Why was this minor child out after curfew? Why was she in a car riding around with her boyfriend instead of at the graduation party she was supposed to be at? Why did the parents say their minor child had their permission to BE out after curfew ony AFTER comments about this issue surfaced? (Parental ok does NOT circumvent the law!) How was the driver looking at her when she was shot, but says also when she was shot he 'ran around to the driver's side and started honking the horn' if he was driving at the time of the incident? Why is it just now being released that he was driving his boss's vehicle instead of his own? Is this incidental to the story or is the boss a suspect? Is there a suspect after the boyfriend's boss? Irregardless of how sweet, precious, learned, committed, in love, beautiful, etc. the bottom line here remains this minor was where she leglly should NOT have been. The curfew in Tulsa is written for a reason...unfortunately this is a prime example of why it is necessary to have a curfew. I feel for the family and friends of this young girl that had so much going for her, and a family that had so little regard for the law that they ended up losing a child. Law enforcement officers are working hard to find the shooter and it likely will be a random event. Again, following curfew would have been a preventative to the entire event. This part of town is deluged with minors out at all hours causing disturbances with no regard for their actions due to parents that don't have time to monitor their children under age 18. If this isn't the case, why are minors out at 12-3 a.m. in large numbers? Because their parents condone it...either by lack of regard for the law or lack of interest in being an effective parent. My own children hated curfew..with a passion--but they all survived Tulsa in their teens! Parents, take responsibility so we can stop burying your young.
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