Man Killed In Muskogee Apartment Leaves Behind 6-Year-Old Son

Monday, April 27th 2015, 6:13 pm
By: News On 6

Family members of one of the two people found shot to death in a Muskogee apartment said the 25 year old will be missed by many, especially his 6-year-old son.

Pictures of 25-year-old Nicholas Rutherford and his 6-year-old son Trenton show the family during a happier time; a time before crime scene tape and Muskogee County investigators came into the picture.

Rutherford and his friend Abby Seals were found dead inside the Muskogee apartment, leaving both families with more questions than answers.

"That was the hardest thing I ever had to do, was tell him his dad passed, and knowing how to do that was very hard," said Rutherford's ex mother in law, Shelly Webster.

Rutherford and Trenton's mom are separated, but Webster said he was still very much a close member of the family.

"She's having a very difficult time dealing with this, and they were still very good friends, and she cared about Nick greatly and we just want to catch whoever did this, get to the bottom of it," Webster said.

One day after Rutherford's body was found investigators still have awhile to go before the case is solved, according to Muskogee County Sheriff, Charles Pearson.

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"The location we consider a pretty high crime area. We do take a lot of calls there, a lot of undesirable coming out of the gentleman's club and there's a bar just south of it," he said.

Pearson said in the early stages of any homicide investigation it's crucial to work around the clock.

Although there is little information on who's responsible for the shooting and why, Pearson is confident in the investigators abilities to figure it out.

Webster said it's a difficult situation and hopes whoever is responsible comes forward.

“He [Trenton] loved him very much, talks about him daily and it's, it's difficult," Webster said.

What happened can't be changed, but the family hopes for justice as they teach Trenton how to live without his super hero.

Deputies are searching through what they can for any clues.

If you have any information that could help solve the case you are asked to contact the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office at 918-687-0202.