ORU student and boyfriend gunned down

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Contributor: Ian Silver
Updated: 9/20/2011 10:05 am Published: 9/19/2011 11:29 pm

Police are questioning two people in connection to a bizarre double homicide Monday morning.

Just before 11 a.m. a couple walking their dog discovered Ethan Nichols, 21, and Carissa Horton, 18, gunned down near the walking trail at Hicks Park in the 3400 block of S. Mingo Road.

Nichols and Horton were dating and Horton was a freshman at Oral Roberts University.  The school’s President released a statement and asked for the ORU family and community to pray for the victim’s and their families.

Tulsa Police Homicide detectives say Nichols family made a missing persons report Monday morning and described his white 2001 Pontiac Grand AM. The car was not found at Hicks Park.

Officers began searching the area and located the Nichols car.

Police say homicide detectives along with patrol officers and agents with the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force maintained surveillance until two people drove the car away.

That car crashed after a short police chase at Bradford Creek Apartments.

Police are still questioning the two people who tried to flee about the murders.  Residents at Bradford Creek say they saw the whole scene go down.

The brick wall crumbled to the ground and the car mangled the metal fence.

"All the sudden we hear sirens and screeching of a car and she starts screaming,” says Bradford Creek resident Kewanna Thompson.

She and her friend Tierika Lyles who also lives at the complex couldn’t believe their eyes.  "The dude tried to turn into the fence right here, couldn't control it, hit the fence, hopped out of the car, took off running toward us,” says Thompson.

Police soon caught up with the pair of suspects.

Thompson and Lyles found out later the men in the white 2001 Grand AM Pontiac stole the Nichols car found not far from the complex.

"I'm screaming, my momma is ducking, and my aunty is all over the place. Guns drawn, everyone got their guns out,” says Thompson.

Nichols and Horton’s bodies were found six and ten feet away from the walking trail at Hicks Park.

A mom who plays with her child just a hundred yards away on the playground says she is unnerved.

"We come to this park all the time and that's really frightening that it was in broad daylight and everything,” says Hicks Park mother Jill Gordon.

Neighbors tell FOX23 News they didn’t hear gunshots.

"It's so close to the park, you would assume somebody would have heard some type of shots,” says Hicks Park neighbor Steve Gallo.

Surveillance cameras at the community center could offer some clues. However, the best clue right now could be given by the two in custody caught in Nichols car the day of the murder.

Still neighbors are on edge.

"There's always lots of families and kids playing here all the time any little kid could have been running down that way and found them,” says Gordon.

Homicide detectives are still investigating a motive. It’s unclear if Nichols and Horton were targeted or if this was a random act of violence, if they were killed on the scene or somewhere and left there to be found. 

Anyone with information on the murders can call the Homicide Tip Line at 798 8477, email homicide@cityoftulsa.org or 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. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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gongju214 - 9/24/2011 7:13 PM
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One of the most important things is to not have a set schedule because people will watch you and they will know what and where you go. This is very sad to hear. Being mindful of what kind of people and cars are around you. Call the police about suspicious cars or people, this helps but it is important to talk to the police yourself in you see something odd happening. And call as soon as you notice it, don't delay!

Sherry - 9/20/2011 8:05 PM
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I will get worse for sure. We can't pay enough crime fighting personal to get the job done.

watchdog11 - 9/20/2011 11:14 AM
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Yep, sooner or later the families of city officials, cops and even the Mayor are going to become victims,just the odds, then there will be sufficient motivation to stop this crap. Can't even take a walk around your own neighborhood anymore, or step outside your door, there is some worthless trash waiting to assault, rob or kill you.

okrunner - 9/20/2011 9:15 AM
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It's only going to get worse.
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