Homicide investigators are racing against the clock to solve the case of a pregnant mother who was gunned down in a car near a church.
Marshay Wesson, 19, was found dead in the 2800 block of N. Wheeling on Monday morning.
This year, 23 people have been victims of homicide in Tulsa. That’s about the average number of homicides for any year in June.
What’s different about this year’s homicides is the string of unsolved homicides.
"We know bad things happen to good people and we're all going to miss Jordan,” said a family member of Jordan Sigli.
He was gunned down on May 20th in a case that may be mistaken identity, but the motive is still unknown.
Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker said the 4 drug related murders are the leading the motive for murders this year. There were three robbery, three fighting and three unknown motives for people getting killed.
"Once we get the why then it becomes easier to get the who. If we are missing the two it becomes a long haul for us,” said Walker.
There has been one child death and three “other” murders were the Good Friday shootings.
In the six unsolved cases, homicide detectives are investigating a suspect in all but one of the cases.
There are no leads in the murder of 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante. On May 26th, she was gunned down when a bullet from a high powered rifle shot through the license plate of a car she was riding in and hit her in the back.
The other unsolved cases involve Laharry Myers, 21. He was shot and killed in the 4800 block of N. Peoria on February 6th around 7:30 p.m.
On April 20th, Kunta Jordan, 35, was found shot and killed in a car outside McKinley apartments near 6600 E. Latimere Pl.
On May 20th, Jordan Sigli, 13, was gunned down outside Tanzi bar in North Tulsa. The suspected shooter is believed to be in borrowed nineties model Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis. The left blinker housing may be missing or damaged and there may be some body damage along the driver’s door. The color on the suspect vehicle is believed to be gold or could possibly be tan.
On June 1st
, Mark Hutchinson was killed outside of Bradford Apartments in the 500 block of E. 32nd
Street North. Witnesses are giving conflicting reports of what they saw and where the witnesses fled.
Then on Monday, Marshay Wesson, 19 was found in a car, gunned down near a church. She was eight months pregnant and had another child.
Tulsa’s homicide unit is above the 80% clearance rate. The latest FBI report showed its clearance rate is around 64%.
"I think we get a little bit spoiled. We go out and solve some of these so quickly well some of these we don't have the who and the why and we struggle with that,” said Walker.
However, detectives and their families never give up.
"As time goes by, it's been almost four years, it's still just as hard as the day it happened,” said Candy Siddiqui. "We will never let his memory be forgotten.”
Her brother Allen Chance Ring, 28, was gunned down in front of her Coppermill Apartment near 71st and S. Yale in August, 2008.
"I felt so guilty. I still do for so long. I wish there was something I could have done,” said Siddiqui.
A person of interest was released immediately after Ring’s murder but no one has been convicted.
"Even if it is not a high profile case these people have family and feelings,” said Siddiqui. “As much as we are hurting we miss and him love him and hopefully we will find who did it so we can bring closure to our family but it will still always be hard."
A majority of this year’s murders the victims were in their 20’s. Three of the four most recent victims were 19, 17, and 13.
All of those victims died from guns.
"Some of the illegal guns that these kids are getting a hold of that is causing them to shoot and kill people,” said Walker.
Police said they’re constantly getting guns off the street with or without a task force.
"Whether we call it anything or not that's our job to be pulling these guns off the street,” said Walker.
Catching gun carrying criminals goes beyond patrol. Investigators in all police divisions as well as gang officers are hitting the streets in search of guns in the wrong hands.
In 2011 of the 54 homicides, 10 of those cases are still open. In 2010, there were 62 reported homicides and 11 remain open.
Walker said in half of this year’s cleared cases, Crime Stoppers and/or the homicide tip line helped them find or confirmed information about the suspect.
If you have any information about a murder 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.
The homicide tip line is (918) 798-8477 or email email@example.com