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Norman Deputy Police Chief Speaks About Daughter's Murder

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While Deputy Chief Jim Maisano and his family wait for justice in their daughter's murder, they're raising money for the cause that was closest to her heart. While Deputy Chief Jim Maisano and his family wait for justice in their daughter's murder, they're raising money for the cause that was closest to her heart.
NORMAN, Oklahoma -

The father of a young woman murdered in Grady County is speaking out. Sara Maisano was killed in June. Her father, a top Norman police officer, wants to carry on his daughter's legacy.

Sara Maisano was only 23 years old when she was killed in the small town of Amber.

While Deputy Chief Jim Maisano and his family wait for justice in their daughter's murder, they're raising money for the cause that was closest to her heart.

"It's such a loss, it's like having party of your soul ripped out," Maisano said.

Maisano is now coping with the biggest loss of his life.

"We can't talk to her, we can't see her. We didn't get to tell her goodbye. We didn't get to tell her we love her," Maisano said.

Steven Thompson is behind bars, accused of killing Sara and beating up his fiance, Katie Garner, in June.

"He killed our baby girl, and now she's gone and all the future she had was stopped," Maisano said.

She had a bright future. She worked at the Norman Regional Health Complex and had just gotten certified in phlebotomy. She also had a special place in her heart for animals.

"She'd find pets and bring them home, or she'd help find animals and try to get them back to their house," Maisano said.

The Maisano family is raising money for the Norman Animal Welfare Center is honor of Sara. They want to add a sun room, hoping the extra space will save some animals from being euthanized.

"I know that Sara touched a lot of people, and a lot of people loved and cared for her," Maisano said.

Deputy Chief Maisano has been a police officer for more than 30 years. Now his mission is to keep Sara's memory alive.

"To work in law enforcement for that long trying to protect others and protect your community and then something like this to happen to your own child, it was like I couldn't protect her. I couldn't be there for her, and I couldn't stop this from happening," Maisano said.

The Maisanos need to raise about $9,000 to pay for the project at the animal shelter. Donations can be sent to the Norman Police Department.

Checks should include "Sara" or "Cat Porch" on the memo line to ensure it goes to Sara's project.

Norman Police Department

201-B West Gray Street

Norman, OK 73069

Steven Thompson's preliminary hearing has been set for December 18th in Grady County.

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