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Five weekend homicides in Oklahoma City add to year's growing count

Oklahoma City's 66 homicides so far this year already surpass the 60 homicides seen in all of 2011.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: September 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm •  Published: September 17, 2012

The cracked telephone pole is at the corner of a lot that contains a convenience store and salvage business. Gangs have tagged the back of the store and large rusty tanks on his property, owner Randy McNutt said. He said the neighborhood beyond Pennsylvania contains mostly subsidized housing. It's a terrible area for crime, he said, but he added “it's not as bad as it used to be.”

Sunday brought with it the slayings of three people during two separate incidents.

Jessica Ford said her cousin, Tiyrell Lomack, was shot to death early Sunday during a home invasion at 1133 SW 32.

“He was a good dude,” she said. “All he did was work. We don't know why they decided to do it.”

Lomack had overcome a criminal past and held a job as a roofer, she said. He helped a family member who was sick with cancer. Friends and family regarded him as someone they could rely on.

A man with Lomack during the robbery said his friend was killed for $100.

“They killed a million dollar man for $100,” said the man, who declined to identify himself.

Monday, the day after two Hispanic men were found dead in a car down the street, a man working in his yard near NE 24 and Lottie Avenue said he still feels his neighborhood is safe.

But when he heard the pop of eight to 12 shots about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, he said he went to an interior hallway in his home, and he never looked outside before going to bed that night.

Police have not identified the two men found shot to death in a neighborhood near the Oklahoma state Capitol.

“I'm hoping it's just a random thing,” said the man, who declined to identify himself. “We're usually pretty comfortable here.” has disabled the comments for this article.