Tulsa Parents Want Son's Murder Solved


Wednesday, March 16th 2011, 6:31 pm
By: News On 6


Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Parents of the victims in an unsolved murder that happened during January's snowstorm want answers.

Marty Caleb was shot and killed and left to die in a drive-way at Pine and Florence, just as the snow began to fall January 31st.

His family wants the case solved.

Marty's mom and dad are devastated by his murder. They want answers about who shot him and why, and they certainly want that person brought to justice.

Martin James Caleb's family called him Marty, and his friends called him Mark. He was a handy man who could fix practically anything.

His folks say he never knew a stranger, hated it when people were sad and took care of them.

"He'd call and say ‘Mom, have you and Melva had lunch yet?' ‘No.' ‘Well, what do you want, I'm near your work,' and he'd bring me lunch," said Teri Caleb, Marty's mother.

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The night he was killed, he and his mom had stocked up on groceries and gone home early, worried about the blizzard. She says he got a call, grabbed some tools and left.

"He said, ‘Mom, I've got a friend I've got to help before the storm hits.' I said, ‘don't be gone long because when it hits, it's going to hit hard,' and he said, ‘okay, I won't, I promise, I'll be back in just a little bit.'"

But, he never returned. Instead police knocked on her door hours later.

Marty had been shot three times and left in a driveway at Pine and Florence around 11:30 p.m.

By the time his mom got to the hospital, he was already gone.

Police say this man, Lafayette Wilson, is a person of interest, but Marty's family has never heard of him. They say a strange number had called Marty's phone shortly before the shooting and his truck was stolen that night.

It was later found in a ditch in Collinsville.

His parents believe more than one person is involved, and they need to know what happened.

"They need to come forward. They need to take responsibility for what they did. In seconds, they ruined our lives forever. He's never going to come back. We'll never get to see him or talk to him until we die," said Teri Caleb, mother of shooting victim Marty Caleb.

Police say they need tips in this case to move forward. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

It's completely anonymous, and you could earn as much as $1,000 cash if your tip leads to an arrest.