Police searching for motive in 4th murder of 2012


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 2/07/2012 5:55 pm Published: 2/07/2012 5:52 pm


Tulsa ---

A former state basketball champion is gunned down near his workplace.
Police are searching for the shooter and the motive.
21-year old, Laharry Myers, also known as LJ was shot and killed near 48th and north Peoria Monday night.
Students and teachers at Memorial High School were sad to learn one of their former star athletes had been killed in front of a Chinese restaurant right across the street where he worked.
His name is everywhere, in the gym, inside the locker room and on people’s minds.

“Even though he was small in stature, only about 5 feet 6 inches he played huge out on the court,” says his former coach, Eric Savage.

Laharry Myers made quite a mark on the hardwood.

"He had a game here where he had 18 assists in one game which is the Memorial record, and I think that's really indicative of who LJ was,” says his former teacher John Beasley.

Former teachers and coaches remember a young man with a great smile and in incredible drive to succeed.

"He had a special quality about him and we knew it when he was a freshman. He would draw other players to him and had a knack for making everyone around him better,” says Savage.

With the glory days of high school behind him, LJ was working at H&R Block.
On Monday evening police were called to the 4800 block of north Peoria.
There they found his body on the ground. He had been shot several times leaving his coach to wonder what happened and where his life took a different turn.

“Our time with LJ was really special and we appreciate the opportunity to have known him and he definitely touched a lot of lives,” says Savage.

The mood at his former Alma matter is somber as students and teachers remember the boy with the incredible smile and lightning-quick hands.

“He was an outstanding young man and this is a very sad day for the Memorial Chargers,” says Beasley.

This is the fourth murder in Tulsa for 2012. Police believe their may be multiple suspects involved in this case. They also have reason to believe LJ was involved in some type of on-going feud.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers. That number is 918-596-COPS.


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