Some witnesses fear for their lives especially in gang-related homicides to give up information. However, detective Regalado says fear of retaliation is partially a myth.
"There are certainly threats towards witnesses however someone carrying out an act of violence because they are a witness to a homicide I have only seen that twice in my years I have been working homicide," says Regalado.
The 13-year-old boy says if he had information about a murder he’d take that chance as long as his identity was kept secret.
"If you're not giving out no names or pictures then I will tell the truth about it for sure."
Tulsa Homicide detectives say in 2008 there were seven gang-related homicides. Ray and Davis are the remaining unsolved gang-related homicides from that year.
There are an estimated 5,000 gang members in Oklahoma. State lawmakers are proposing tougher penalties (HB 2080) for people who commit crimes as part of a gang. That same proposal would also create tougher penalties for gang members who knowingly accept juveniles into the gang.
If you have any information about Tulsa’s unsolved homicides call Crime Stoppers at www.tipsubmit.com
Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.
Here is a list generated from Fox 23's archives about Tulsa's remaining 14 unsolved homicides in 2008:
Ociel Sanchez, Tulsa’s 3rd homicide in 2008. Died 2/242008 in the 9700 Block of E. 33rdr Street. Officers say they found the 22-year-old victim dead from a gunshot wound. Witnesses saw Sanchez struggling with another man in the parking lot prior to the shooting. The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 23-years-old, 5’9 to 6’00 in height and skinny. The suspect has a scarred face from acne.
Charles Fanning, Tulsa’s 8th homicide in 2008. Died 4/19/2008 in the 1200 Block of N. Boston Ave. Detectives say the 24-year-old victim was shot to death in the front driver’s seat of a car. Police say a man knocked on the door of a neighbor’s home to let the homeowner know about the murder but left.
Juan Castiano, Tulsa’s 10th homicide in 2008. Died 5/09/2008 in the 7100 Block of S. Erie Ave. Police say they found the victim and Casimiro Bustamante dead in the Coppermill Apartment Complex.
Ricky Furr, Tulsa’s 15th homicide in 2008. Died 5/07/2008 in the 1000 Block of N. Quaker Ave. Police say the victim the died after being assaulted by an unknown man on May 25th, 2008. Police believe the suspect is in his mid 20’s with a stubby beard and he may be driving a tanish vehicle possibly from a foreign dealer. Three other men were also spotted in the getaway car.