Tulsa Woman Desperately Seeking Answers In Brother's Unsolved Murder

Tuesday, April 19th 2011, 6:31 pm
By: News On 6

Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tuesday marked the three year anniversary of a Tulsa man's murder. His family has no more information now than they did when it happened.

They don't know who killed him, or why, or even why he was in the neighborhood where he was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Charlie Fanning's sister says he was the kind of guy who was too trusting and naive about people and always eager to help. She believes someone took advantage of his good nature and it got him killed.

Where most people have a table of knick-knacks in their living room, Candace has a memorial table with pictures of her grandparents and their cowboy boots and an urn with her brother's name on it.

Charlie Fanning was only 24 when he was murdered on April 19th, 2008.

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"From the day I got called to let me know my brother had been murdered, it's just, I've felt he was set up," Candace, Charlie's sister, said.

She believes someone lured him to North Boston to rob him and shoot him. Charlie was still seat belted in his car, but his passenger door was wide open.He was missing $80.

"It makes me so mad that every day that person or persons or whoever is involved gets up knowing what they did.and, they live like it's any other day, like it's normal, it's not normal.," Candace said.

She says Charlie was the kid who should've been an inventor because he was always coming up with new ideas for creating things. He went through a rough patch, but was enrolled in college, had a job and had his life on the right track. She always took care of her little brother.

"He was the baby and I protected him all through junior high and high school," Candace said. "He was the kid who always being picked on so I'd leave class early and go get him and take him to his next class."

But, she couldn't protect him the night she was killed and she can't move along the investigation where there are next to no answers. All she can do is ask for anyone who knows something to come forward.

"It's time for somebody to be a hero, to stand up for what's right. Even if you know something small, it could lead to something huge. That's all we're asking," she said.

Candace says Charlie never really got a fair shake in life and she feels like he's not getting a fair shake, even in death.

Anyone with information can stay anonymous and earn up to $1,000 cash by calling Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.