Murdered: Single Father of 3 Babies

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Raised by 52 people in 49 months
My sweet niece and nephews lost their daddy yesterday afternoon to a senseless murder, which these innocent babies witnessed in the supposed safety of their own home during a violent home invasion. Thank you for taking the time to read their story...

So far, we have been told that two men knocked on the front door while my brother-in-law and seven-year-old niece were napping. My eight-year-old and fourteen-year-old nephew answered the door, then were immediately forced inside at gunpoint and told to lie on the floor. The armed men asked where their dad was and my oldest nephew told the men his dad wasn't home. The men then demanded to know where the family kept their money and began ransacking the living room. My brother-in-law woke up from the commotion, grabbed his gun, and headed into the living room. My seven-year-old niece followed behind her daddy. Shots were fired and one of the the two thugs ran out of the house. More shots were fired outside and the second suspect fled in a white vehicle with a third suspect driving. One of the two  burglars was left behind in the middle of the street. 

When the police arrived, my oldest nephew was doing his best to slow his dad's bleeding. His dad had been wounded,  but he was still alive. The police handcuffed my nephew and put him in a police car at first since the police did not know at that time what had happened or who was involved. The two little ones had already ran to a neighbor's house for help before the police arrived.  From the back of a police car, my nephew watched as his dad was rushed away by ambulance.

My brother-in-law was a struggling single father who was raising his 3 children in the very home he was raised in and lived in most all of his life on the SW side of Oklahoma City. He recently had surgery on his spine and soon lost his job. This kept him home during the day. Most people were probably unaware of that fact because pride always kept my brother-in-law from telling anyone of his personal struggles. We do not have much information now, but I believe these heartless criminals somehow knew my brother-in-law kept what little cash he saved in his home. Maybe they thought no one was home or the kids were just getting home from school. They were previously "latch key" kids, after all, who carpooled with their cousins or neighbors.

The detectives said that my oldest nephew "did everything right" and that "he's a hero" for keeping calm, keeping his little brother and sister safe during the shooting. My nephew was also commended for properly compressing his dad's wounds until the police and paramedics arrived. I was told that my brother-in-law was transported to OU Medical Center where he died as surgeons tried to save his life. I first found this out by reading the news as my sister-in-law and I waited at the police station where all three kids were being questioned about what they witnessed. Then, a detective finally came downstairs and confirmed my brother-in-law had died. The detective told us that the kids didn't know what was happening outside of the station, they asked about their dad and think he's still alive.

The detective left it up to me and my sister-in-law to tell these precious children that they no longer have a daddy, and that we no longer have a brother. The sole provider for these babies, a single father, and all they had in the world is gone in just seconds. The first thing my oldest nephew said when he walked towards us was that we didn't need to worry because he helped his dad and the ambulance gave his dad oxygen, so he would have surgery and be okay. We sat all three of the kids down on a bench in the dim, grey waiting area of the downtown OKC Police Department and told them the news. We didn't feel as though we should keep them in the dark any longer. In the dark. As if there is light in this news. After a long pause, my oldest nephew told us that all three kids kneeled around their dad in the house right after he was shot. He said, "Our dad was laying there bleeding, coughing up blood, and his last words to us was, 'I love you, my babies.' and at least the last thing we said was that we loved him, too."

My brother-in-law's "babies" have almost nothing now, they even left the house without shoes, and they were not allowed back in their home for any of their belongings since it is now a crime scene. In the mean time, anything that you feel you could give towards clothing, furniture, bedding ... anything would be wholeheartedly appreciated.

Thank you again for taking the time to read the story of these beautiful babies, my amazing niece and nephews.

Sincerely,

Privileged Aunt & Sister-In-Law
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Tracy Rogers
49 months ago

We would love to donate childcare...How do I contact you privately with details?

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Kiki Rothrock-Reed
49 months ago

I didn't realize that someone already started a page, but I'm so glad to see people donating. My uncle was a great man and a wonderful father. I'll share this as far and wide as I can. ♥

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Simeon Jamison
49 months ago

Thank all of u for your support my father is in a better place and he is looking down on me as an angel r.i.p. Dad

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Tim Replogle
49 months ago

Im extremely sorry for your loss.

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Roseanna Crabtree
49 months ago

I have a $ 100. Gift card to Sears. the kids can have if it will help.

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Nikki Davis
49 months ago

Hello please fill free to message me nd ill try my best to find some clothes for these precious babies :'( sorry for yur loss

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April Copley
49 months ago

You are more than welcome to come pick through everything. I'm in Wheatland.

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April Copley
49 months ago

I will see what I can gather up. I know I've got lots of girls clothes. And some for the younger boy. Not sure on the older.

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Shetira Voth
49 months ago

Boy, age 14: Shirt - Men's XL Pants - 38 waist/30 length Shoes - Men's 10 Boy, age 8: Shirt - Boy's 8/10 Pants - Boy's 10 Shoes - Men's/Kid's 5 Girl, age 7: Shirt - Girls 6/7 Pants - Girls 7/8 Shoes - Kid's 13

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April Copley
49 months ago

What size clothes do you need? I have clothes of all sizes for boys and girls. 405 229 6689. I can deliver. Or you can come pick through all that I have.

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Dawn Kamm
47 months ago

Prayers for those precious babies! I'm so sorry for their loss of a great father!

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Anonymous
48 months ago
KC
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Kristy Conley
49 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless all of you and I hope you can find peace and happiness to heal from this senseless tragedy. Kris

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Marissa Cali
49 months ago

I too am a single parent and I cannot imagine being forced to leave this world and my child behind at the hands of barbaric and cruel murderers. What a senseless and terrible crime, not only killing an innocent man in his home, in front of his children for the sake of stealing from him, but also robbing these beautiful children of their father. What they stole, what they took without right, can never be replaced and for the children I am truly sorry. May their father rest easy, though, knowing that they would be left in capable and loving hands. As a stranger, I can do nothing but offer my sincere condolences and what meager funds I can afford to give. I would also like to offer child care for the little ones. It's hard to trust people already, made much harder by tragedy, but I'm putting it on the table. I have a five-year-old daughter who would love to make new friends and nice safe home full of love. If you are interested, please contact me by email - rissa.cali@gmail.com May God bless you all and give you strength in this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.

WR
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Wes & Tracy Rogers
49 months ago

Our prayers are for angels to surround Simeon, Wolfgang, and Lydia. They may not remember us, but we remember this precious family. Create & Play Learning Center was blessed to have crossed paths with this family and are saddened by this news. Simeon is a fine young man and has always been a protector of his brother and sister. When he spoke of his dad, he spoke with such pride and strength of family. These children had such contagious smiles as they passed by my office door each day to and from the center. This man instilled the strength of family in his children. He was so proud of them. We will pray for comfort as we know you will miss his presence. We want you to know you are loved by so many people in Oklahoma City. We understand your hearts ache so terribly bad. We only knew your dad for a short time, but he always let everyone know how much he loved each one of you. Our hearts are sad, too.

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Anonymous
49 months ago
Tracy Rogers
49 months ago

We would love to donate childcare...How do I contact you privately with details?

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Kiki Rothrock-Reed
49 months ago

I didn't realize that someone already started a page, but I'm so glad to see people donating. My uncle was a great man and a wonderful father. I'll share this as far and wide as I can. ♥

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Simeon Jamison
49 months ago

Thank all of u for your support my father is in a better place and he is looking down on me as an angel r.i.p. Dad

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Tim Replogle
49 months ago

Im extremely sorry for your loss.

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Roseanna Crabtree
49 months ago

I have a $ 100. Gift card to Sears. the kids can have if it will help.

+ Read More
Nikki Davis
49 months ago

Hello please fill free to message me nd ill try my best to find some clothes for these precious babies :'( sorry for yur loss

+ Read More
April Copley
49 months ago

You are more than welcome to come pick through everything. I'm in Wheatland.

+ Read More
April Copley
49 months ago

I will see what I can gather up. I know I've got lots of girls clothes. And some for the younger boy. Not sure on the older.

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Shetira Voth
49 months ago

Boy, age 14: Shirt - Men's XL Pants - 38 waist/30 length Shoes - Men's 10 Boy, age 8: Shirt - Boy's 8/10 Pants - Boy's 10 Shoes - Men's/Kid's 5 Girl, age 7: Shirt - Girls 6/7 Pants - Girls 7/8 Shoes - Kid's 13

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April Copley
49 months ago

What size clothes do you need? I have clothes of all sizes for boys and girls. 405 229 6689. I can deliver. Or you can come pick through all that I have.

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