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Cellphone video in fatal Moore, OK, Warren Theatre incident is made public

Video made public Tuesday and shot by Nair Rodriguez starts with her husband, Luis Rodriguez, already on the ground and surrounded by officers at the Warren Theatre in Moore.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: February 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

On Valentine’s Day evening, Luis and Nair Rodriguez were at the movies with their daughter, 19-year-old Luinahi. She and her mother argued, and Nair Rodriguez slapped her daughter. A bystander reported the incident, and officers approached the family.

During a news conference Tuesday outside Northwest Free Will Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Nair Rodriguez squeezed the hand of Brooks-Jimenez, her attorney, while he read a statement about Luis Rodriguez, who he said was a devout Christian and regular member of the church who volunteered so frequently he was nicknamed “Pastor.”

“His family has had to confront an event that no family should: the violent loss of a loved one before his time,” Brooks-Jimenez said.

Pastor Uriel Canales said his congregation was saddened by the death of Rodriguez. He once asked him to be an assistant pastor.

“He had a sweet spirit. He was not a troublemaker,” Canales said.

Last week, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation took over an investigation into the incident at the request of Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn. The agency said their inquiry will be lengthy and time-consuming and rely heavily on results of an autopsy, which is pending toxicology reports.

The officers involved have not been named. The three Moore officers are on paid administrative leave. Two off-duty game wardens, who along with one of the Moore officers were working security at the theater, were allowed to continue working while the investigation is conducted.

Memorial service

A memorial service is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Iglesia Linaje de Dios, 2845 SW 39.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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