TULSA, Okla. Twenty-three-year-old twins were among four
women found dead inside an apartment after an apparent daylight
shooting in a crime-scarred south Tulsa neighborhood, city
police said Tuesday.
Officers released the identities of the victims but, aside from
the twins, did not say how the women knew each other or if they
were related. Also discovered in the Riverwood apartment was a 3-
year-old boy who was not wounded in Monday's shooting spree.
Detectives and officers were "beating the bushes" to figure out
what happened, police spokesman Leland Ashley said Monday.
"Right now, we have no clear-cut suspect," Ashley said. "I don't
want to strike fear in the community tonight, but we do have an
individual or individuals who ***ed four people. Do we know
if there was a motive, like a jealous lover? We don't know that.
We can't say if it was random or if someone knew (the victims)."
Police on Tuesday identified the victims as the twins, Rebeika
Powell and Kayetie Melchor; Misty Nunley, 33; and Julie Jackson,
55. Police initially said the victims were in their late ***s
and early 20s and that the boy who survived was age 3.
Authorities have not released the name of the boy, who was taken
into protective custody.
The women were found in a unit at the Fairmont Terrace
Apartments. The gated complex has a nighttime security patrol
but police believe the killings occurred in broad daylight.
Officer Jill Roberson said police received a 911 call about
12:30 p.m. Ashley said someone had spoken to someone at the
apartment less than an hour before then.
At the run-down apartment complex, bed sheets or cardboard hang
as improvised draperies in many windows behind a black wrought-
iron gate. The guard shack is empty and signs read "Curfew 10
p.m. for everyone, everyday" and "Photo ID required to be on
property." Three of the units are burned out and boarded up with
Riverwood has long been plagued by crime, and Tulsa police say
there were two ***s in the Fairmont Terrace Apartments in
2012. Residents say gunfire and break-ins are part of the
pattern of their everyday lives.
"We're in the eye of the storm," says Charles Burke, a 48-year-
old construction worker. "You're on your toes. You can't be too
Neighbor Jamie Kramer, a 28-year-old mother of two young
children, has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years. She said
the crime seems to come in cycles and that things had been
pretty quiet for several months until Monday.
"It escalates and goes back down, it escalates and it goes back
down," she says. "Usually, it's bad when it gets hot."
Neighbor Ladawn Mack, a 25-year-old cashier, says she's used to
seeing police cars in the street, and that Monday's quadruple
*** is enough to make her take extra precautions.
"We have a house alarm and I've always had a gun for my home,"
Resident Alexis Draite, 20, recently moved to Tulsa from
Oklahoma City, believing it to be safer.
Her strategy for staying alive: "Lock the doors, lock the cars
and don't stay outside longer than you need to."