Police arrest two in north Tulsa man’s shooting death

VIDEO: Family remembers man killed during robbery at his north Tulsa home

TULSA, Okla. — Two people are in custody after a man was found dead inside a Tulsa home early Thursday.

Tulsa police said a friend came by the victim’s house in the 200 block of East 52nd Place North just after midnight and saw that the door was open and found their friend on the floor in the garage.

The friend called 911 and 52-year-old Lionel “Lee” Rivers was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.

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Lionel “Lee” Rivers
Lionel “Lee” Rivers

Police said Rivers was shot at least once.

Detectives arrested Clearance Holmes and Stephon Thompson on Friday morning.

Police say Holmes robbed and shot Rivers inside the home and Thompson helped drive him away.

Rivers’s family says they continue to grieve and are now struggling with a financial burden.

We have a go fund me account. After his death, his car and truck were stolen. His family says his home was vandalized and ransacked several times.

Rivers’s ex-wife, Kimberly Stewart, says his death still hasn’t settled. She says what’s even harder is that Rivers, who was killed when robbed at his home, was the type of person who would have given money to someone if they just asked. He loved to help other people.

Funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. held at Outreach: The Ministry of Love Church on North Peoria.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the costs of a proper burial. Stewart hopes to finally lay Rivers to rest.