Murder Victim’s Grieving Father Keeps Promise To Care For Her 3 Kids

Wednesday, October 14th 2020, 9:43 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

A father is grieving after his daughter was murdered and now, he will be raising her three children.

Chantel Dean's father said all he can do now is give Chantel's three kids the best life he can, as they grow up without their mom.

Albert Mitchell said when he first found out his daughter Chantel Dean had been shot and killed, he thought it was a joke.

"She always told me, 'Daddy, if anything ever happens to me, take care of them,'" Mitchell said.

Tulsa Police said Chantel's boyfriend Howard Peeples shot and killed Chantel in a home last week and killed Chantel's 16-year-old niece, Ne'Veha.

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Mitchell said Peeples and Chantel had issues in their relationship for a long time.

"When he got around her, it was a whole different ball game," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said his daughter was a friend to so many and a doting mother.

She leaves behind three kids: a twelve-year-old and two-year-old, both with special needs, and a two-month-old baby.

"She cared about her kids," Mitchell said. "My daughter was loving."

Now, Mitchell is doing his best to provide for the kids like he always promised Chantel he would. He said it's not easy, but the children are so worth it.

"I'm trying to do the best I can for them, that's all I can do," said Mitchell. 

All while he and his family are grieving for someone they said will never be forgotten.

"All I know is I miss her a lot-- I really miss her,” Mitchell said.

Prosecutors charged Peeples Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder and having a gun felon. He's been held without bond at the Tulsa County Jail.

On Wednesday, family and friends held a drive-thru fundraiser to help with burial costs for Ne’Veha and Chantel.

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To help Na'Veha's family, you can donate to the GoFundMe here.