|Updated: 7/20/2012 12:35 pm
||Published: 7/19/2012 11:43 pm
The arrests of the suspected shooter and his accomplice come as welcome news and tthe innocent victim's family is grateful for the work of the Tulsa Police Department. However, the family is still grieving.
"Our daughter is left without her husband,” said Barbara O’Neil. “Her soulmate and his daughter is left without her father."
She is Wesley Brown’s mother-in-law. He left behind a wife and daughter and was considered their rock.
Willie Wise, 20, and Jeremy Foster, 22, have been arrested for first-degree murder. Wise is a convicted felon and former East Central Football player. Foster is also a convicted felon.
Shania Craven, 30, was arrested for accessory to murder.
Police said the shooting was the result of an ongoing gang feud. Scott Norman, 34, was ambushed outside the store.
"It seems like he had no empathy for the situation. Perhaps he doesn't have a conscience,” said O’Neil.
Justice doesn’t end with an arrest. All the court proceedings will not bring back Wesley Brown.
After the scene was clear and the crime scene tape gone, a ten-year-old girl got in the car with her grandmother. She had just witnessed her father’s murder.
"We were in the car driving and she said ‘now my daddy won't be able to see me grow up’ and that is the saddest thing I have ever heard,” said O’Neil.
Brown was hit by a stray bullet as he shopped with his little girl for her mom’s birthday present. A 58-year-old devoted husband and father became an innocent victim.
"I know that the shooter didn't mean to shoot him. He was not the target. But to me that makes absolutely no difference at this time because a bullet is a bullet. And the stray bullet killed him,” said O’Neil.
The shooter shattered a child’s life.
"She had 11 years of a wonderful marriage and that little girl had eleven years of a fabulous father,” said O’Neil.
Wesley’s mother-in–law said she adored him.
"He was a wonderful son-in-law,” said O’Neil.
Wesley protected his Florence Park neighborhood. He gave back to his community and now the teal ribbons that decorate his neighborhood and surrounding Midtown streets symbolize how neighbors will stand together against gang violence.
"I can’t understand who thinks it's not our problem in this city. It's everyone's problem,” said O’Neil.
This is a tragedy that no family should face.
"We are very sad. We are sick at heart. We are desolate. We are sad for Wesley,” said O’Neil.
Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1 pm at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.
Instead of flowers for the Brown family, they have set up an education fund for Brown’s daughter. Donations can be made at any Bank of Oklahoma Branch.