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Saturday homicide in Oklahoma City

by Juliana Keeping Published: October 21, 2012

Update, 10.22: Police identified the homicide victim as Michael Donnell Rhodes.

Saturday, just before midnight, a man was shot to death inside his home in northwest Oklahoma City, next to a 3-year-old child who was unharmed. The man’s son heard a noise and discovered his father was dead.

I visited the home, 9409 Eagle Hill Drive, Sunday morning to try and talk to a relative or neighbor.

What happened at this point is up to homicide detectives to decipher, and it’s still pretty early. They have not provided a victim’s name. No one was home mid-morning today, though I did speak to two neighbors in the fourplex where the crime occurred. Neither man provided a name.

One neighbor said the couple lives at the home with a number of children, theirs and the children of relatives. In the below interview, he theorized one relative may have brought troublesome people into the family’s realm, but that, keep in mind, is a guess on his part that has not been vetted.

I posted our interview below. Sorry, because I ramble on, because I’m tired, which I blame on a lack of sleep. And that, in turn, I blame on being 8 months pregnant. Pregnant women don’t sleep. They do, apparently, waddle to homicide scenes. And ramble. Here it is:

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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