Police 'frustrated' with senseless murder


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Updated: 12/29/2011 10:29 pm Published: 12/28/2011 5:11 pm


Nearly a week after a Tulsa grandmother is shot and killed her friends and co-workers are still angry and want answers.

"She didn't deserve it, what is the reason? What for? That's what everyone is wondering, what's the reason? questions co-worker Ammar Alkanas.

Peggy Gaytan, 55, was gunned down at the 36th and Harvard Shell Station after an attempted robbery.

Nothing was taken from the store.

Detectives say they are frustrated but continue to follow every lead to arrest the suspects.

Gaytan’s co-workers have set out a canister collecting money for her granddaughter she raised.

Sommer lost her grandmother three days before Christmas and now her co-workers are doing whatever they can to help catch the killers.

Peggy Gaytan’s co-worker remembers the conversation he had with her just a few hours before she was killed by a masked man armed with a gun.

"Around 8:00 [p.m.] I left and said ‘I'll see you later’ she said ‘no I’ll see you Saturday,’ I said ‘okay I'll see you Saturday,’" says Ammar Alkanas.

Despite the pain he carries on and helps customers.

Peggy worked at the 36th and Harvard Shell station for a few months and made an impact.

"She was a great person. Fun to be around. Always got a long with people. Good person,” says Alkanas.

Her customers noticed too.

"Every morning I come here for coke, says Jennifer Harmon. "She was very personable. You could tell she was a hard working lady who loved her family."

Especially her young granddaughter, Sommer.

"She always shared about her granddaughter and how she was going to have a good Christmas,” says Harmon.

However, three days before Christmas the gunman took her grandma.

"Who comes in here and shoots her cold blooded and walks out, what for?" asks Alkanas.

Police believe the two men, masked and wearing hoodies, planned the attack outside the store.

Detectives say when Peggy heard the door open, she looked up and the robber shot her point blank and took off without stealing anything.

Detectives say the suspects fled on foot heading east.

"He's a coward, he's a coward,” says Alkanas.

A customer had come into the store and didn’t see Peggy laying behind the counter. It was the owner who found her while watching surveillance video from home.

"It does seem absolutely senseless,” says Harmon.

Jennifer Harmon is also a captain in the Midtown Alert Neighbor program.

"This is an area where we do call police if you look suspicious,” says Harmon. "
To know that this happened when you have that system in place is unsettling, you want them caught."

So they’re watching closely for anyone who looks like the shooters.


"I am looking at everyone's shoes to see if those are the same shoes of the men who were in the store earlier and it has everyone on guard. Yeah, it's unnerving,” says Harmon.


Police continue to track down leads but they still need help catching the shooter and the accomplice.


The shooter is described as a white male, age 19-23, 5’08’’-5’11’’, 150-170 pounds, carrying a semi-automatic handgun.  The shooter is wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask, black gloves and black jeans and white with black trim tennis shoes that appear to look like Air Jordan’s.

The accomplice that did not enter the store is described as being 5’08’’-5’10’’, 150-170 pounds and wearing a royal blue hooded sweat shirt, white mask, white gloves black jeans and white tennis shoes.

If you have any information about these suspects 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.

You can also call the homicide tip line at (918) 798-8477 or e-mail homicide@cityoftulsa.org 

Gaytan’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home- Westwood Chapel located at 4424 S. 33rd W. Avenue.

Gaytan had a five year-old granddaughter who she raised. Money collected at the convenience store will eventually go to a special fund for her granddaughter.

Online condolences and Guestbook are at available on the Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home website.

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