Tulsa police are investigating a possible murder-suicide that happened in midtown Tulsa a little before noon on Tuesday. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports initially, this looked like a case of a 20-year-old man killing his girlfriend, and then killing himself.
Friends say the couple was on and off again over the past year or so. We've learned the young woman had been living with and taking care of her grandmother, who had a terminal illness.
The day started off so normally. A woman went to the house at 1500 Blk. S. Newport to do some Christmas decorating, but, what she saw inside on the second story, changed the lives of two families and many friends, in an instant.
She found her brother and his girlfriend, dead on the floor, covered in blood. She immediately called her mother at work, who raced to the scene with one of her co-workers.
"We just jumped and came straight on here. It's true. They're laying up in there, both of them," said family friend Phillip Smallwood.
Tulsa police say it didn't look like forced entry. They weren't ready to release how the couple died. While his family and friends gathered for support, homicide detectives found and notified the young woman's parents.
Detectives are just starting the search for answers.
"We'll try to retrack the last individuals who knew the victims, who saw the victims alive, retrack that and come up with timeline of the last time anyone spoke to the victims," said Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley.
Any death is hard to bear, but, the nature of these deaths and so close to the holidays makes it especially tragic.
"He's a good kid and the mother's a good mother, single mother, trying to raise three kids," said Smallwood. "It's terrible, terrible thing to happen to anybody."
This is the 60th homicide in Tulsa this year. That is 10 shy of the record set in 2003. It is not a record police ever wanted to come close to again
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