Tulsan Loses Sister 4 Years After Reunion

Wednesday, January 14th 2009, 10:13 pm
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A murder suspect is in custody, accused of killing an entire family.  Joshua Durcho is charged with strangling his girlfriend Summer Rust and her four children in El Reno.  Summer visited a battered women's shelter in the week before the murders, and had a fight with Durcho the night before she and her family were killed.  The kids range in age from seven to three.  Their uncle, Summer Rust's brother, lives in Tulsa.  He says he is devastated by the loss of the little sister he had reconnected with only a few years ago.

"I had the rest of my life with her.  We had four babies there, and they're all gone," said victim's brother, Robbie Booth.

Adopted at birth, Robbie Booth spent most of his life looking for his sister, 25-year-old Summer Rust.  After an exhaustive search, he finally found her four years ago.  But, his newfound role as a big brother was cut short this week.

"It made me feel complete in life, and know where I came from.  And, she's the first blood relative I knew and she's gone.  She's gone," said victim's brother, Robbie Booth.

Booth says Summer was doing her best as a single mom to raise her four children.  He says the suspect, her boyfriend Joshua Durcho, was not a good guy, but Booth did not believe he was capable of murder.

"They had only known him a short time.  They called him daddy.  He strangled him with his hands, they had to be terrified," said victim's brother, Robbie Booth.

Summer Rust Family
Booth says the finality of losing the sister, and four nieces and nephews he had wanted so desperately to reconnect with, has yet to sink in.  For now, he is focused on finding a way to provide all five with a proper burial.

"I'm just trying to do the last thing I can do for my sister, help her one more time," said victim's brother, Robbie Booth.

Several funds have been set up to help pay for the funerals.  Donations can be made at the Canadian State Bank in El Reno and the Lucky Star Casino in Concho.

Canadian State Bank
Summer Rust-Garas Family Support Trust
220 S Brickford
El Reno 73036
(405) 262 - 8272

Lucky Star Casino
777 N Highway 81
Concho, OK
(405) 262-6500