THE VILLAGE — Police are counting the shooting death of a pregnant woman as a double homicide — the first two of 2013.
Amber Dawn Stokke, 22, was shot multiple times in her car outside her home at 10305 Sunnymeade Place about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Deputy Chief Steve Jagosh said. She was six months pregnant.
“I never thought something like that would happen around here,” a neighbor said Friday. “It made me sick when I found out she was pregnant. It's sad because she never had a chance, and I feel for her family because it's two losses, not just one.”
A witness, who was a passenger in Stokke's car, told police they were backing out of the driveway when they were confronted by a black male. Stokke and the assailant exchanged words before he fired several shots into the car, the witness told police.
Stokke drove away while the shooter and another black male, who stood in the yard during the shooting, ran south on Sunnymeade, the witness told police.
Stokke drove about three blocks north before the car crashed into a fence at the corner of Sunnymeade and Plymouth, police said. She died at the scene.
“Everything is still under investigation,” Jagosh said. “We have no suspects, just the two descriptions of the two black males. At this point, we have no indication that they knew the suspects or that they had any relationship at all.”
Jagosh said these are the city's first homicides since 2006 when Emmanuel Thompson, a 48-year-old physical education teacher and soccer coach at Classen School of Advanced Studies, was found in the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz. His son pleaded guilty to killing him with an ax and putting his body in a home freezer.
The neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said she awoke Friday to her mother knocking on her door in fear she had been the person killed. The neighbor said she was shocked to hear about the incident because the neighborhood is usually friendly and quiet.
She described Stokke as a pleasant woman. The house where Stokke and others lived is busy with a lot of people coming and going, but they are good neighbors, she said.
Stokke's father and aunt declined to talk about their loved one and her death but said a memorial fund in Stokke's name has been set up through Bank of Oklahoma. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 24128, Oklahoma City, OK 73124. The bank contact is Phanh Ngo at the branch at Britton Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.