Tulsa police search for answers as shooting victim is laid to rest

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Updated: 7/02/2013 8:40 am Published: 7/02/2013 8:38 am

A local family attended a memorial service Monday to say goodbye to a loved one who was another victim of violent crime in Tulsa.

It's been an especially bad year when it comes to violent crime.

"I just want answers," said Unique Moore.

No one has shared why someone killed Wayne Bell, Moore's father. Last week, someone shot him outside his North Tulsa home, and left him lying next to his dumpster.

"I wouldn't wish this on anybody. Not even the people who did this," said Moore.

By all accounts, Bell was doing everything right. He coached youth, even mentored them.

"It's a nightmare that I feel like I'll never be able to forget," said Moore.

Sadly, for Tulsa police, this adds to a growing problem. There were 24 homicides this time last year; this year, that number stands at 35.

"Communities have to become more eyes for the public, because we can't do it by ourselves," said the Rev. Antonio Porter.

That's just one suggestion.

"We have to remember that there is hope," said Porter while preaching at another memorial.

Porter shares this message despite the growing struggle folks have to stay alive.

"I'm just in the dark; I don't know anything," said Moore.

Porter hopes what he said will goes beyond the walls of his church, and to the streets. He hopes it reaches someone and touches them enough to put a stop to the homicides, or moves them to say who's responsible for this one.

Bell's funeral will be held in New York, where he's from.

While police continue to search for those responsible for the murder of Bell, officers tell us they solve about 80 percent of the homicides in Tulsa, compared to the national rate, which is closer to 60 percent.

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