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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

Five dead at four weekend shootings in under 48 hours has added to Oklahoma City's climbing homicide count, which, at 66, already has eclipsed the number of slayings in each of the last two years.

“For Sept. 17, this is a high number,” Master Sgt. Gary Knight said on Monday.

It's not known what accounts for the spike. Police declined to speculate.

“It's hard to know what makes one year's homicide totals higher than another homicide totals,” said Knight, a police department spokesman.

There were 60 homicides in 2011 and 2010, though 2009 saw 75, the record for the past decade.

A weekend of violence

The first of five weekend slayings occurred about 11:20 p.m. Friday. The weekend ended with a double homicide late Sunday. Police do not believe any of the killings are related, Knight said.

Over the weekend, two detectives handled the initial scenes in the four incidents. Overall, a staff of 14 Oklahoma City homicide detectives is tasked with solving these crimes.

Police officers responded Friday to a call for shots fired in the 1500 block of S Indiana Avenue. There, officers found Curtis Lee Nolan, 50, shot to death inside a vehicle.

Monday, a man and his young son played outside of rows of red brick apartment buildings in the area. Asked if the area is safe, he said “No,” but he declined to provide his name or further details. Another woman in the area walked away shaking her head when asked for an interview.

Just more than five hours after the Friday night killing, officers were called to the area again. A half-mile to the west, officers found a sport utility vehicle had hit a telephone poll at SW 15 and S Pennsylvania Avenue. Inside, police discovered the driver had been shot. Javier Collazo, 34, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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