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Brothers accused of killing 5 family members in Okla.

4 years 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, July 23 2015 Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015 4:11 PM July 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Authorities said the stabbing deaths of five members of a Tulsa-area family by two other family members "is the worst single criminal event in Broken Arrow history."

Broken Arrow police said 52-year-old David and 44-year-old April Bever were among those killed, along with one of their daughters and two sons. Police accused their 18-year-old son Robert Bever and his 16-year-old brother in the killings.

Broken Arrow police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday the brothers stabbed their family members to death Wednesday night. Police said the child victims are a girl approximately 5-years-old and boys approximately 7- and 12-years old. A 13-year-old sister was wounded in the attack and is hospitalized while a 2-year-old girl was found in the family home uninjured.

"I've been here 19 years and I don't know if we've had more than three homicides in a year," Calhoun told reporters.

Calhoun said officers were initially responding to a silent 911 call from the home and had to force their way inside, which is when they found the injured 13-year-old. He says officers re-entered the home and pulled two more victims to the lawn because it wasn't immediately clear whether they were dead or if the attacker was still inside. The bodies of three other victims also were found inside the home.

Police said the two teens accused in the killings fled the home before investigators arrived. A tracking dog helped authorities find and arrest them.

Calhoun said the suspects are being questioned by investigators, and the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation is assisting the police department.

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