Police continue to search for suspects in holiday murder nearly a year later

TULSA - A holiday murder remains unsolved nearly a year later.

A store clerk was shot and killed while working at a midtown Shell Station just days before Christmas and Tulsa police don't have any new leads.

Family and friends of the victim, 55-year-old Peggy Gaytan, say the holiday will never be the same.

"I miss my friend. I miss her desperately," said Linda Coats, who considers herself Peggy's best friend.
"We were more like sisters," Coats said.  

Gaytan didn't have a traditional family. Coats says Gaytan's family was her friends, the young granddaughter Peggy had just adopted and her ex-husband Greg Gaytan.

"Christmas is here and knowing that she won't be there is just... incomprehensible. She should be here she should be with us," said Greg Gaytan.

Peggy was working the night of Dec. 22 last year when police say an armed suspect went into the store and shot her.

There was a second suspect outside and police have not been able to identify either man.

"We are still out looking we are still out questioning people, the patrol officers are out digging, the detectives are digging," said Sgt. Dave Walker with the Tulsa Police Department.

Investigators say they don't have a clear motive either, but have a theory that it may have been a robbery attempt.

"From the very beginning we didn't think she was the target," said Walker.

Residents say the Shell Convenience store near 36th St. and S. Harvard Ave. is a hub for many who live in the surrounding neighborhoods.

On Thursday, residents added a wreath in Gaytan's memory.

"We've decided to see about doing a fundraiser or something to raise money for a reward," said Jennifer Harmon, president of the Sonoma Neighborhood Association.  

The group is working with police now.

Greg Gaytan says he will be donating several thousand dollars to the reward fund.

"If I can help somebody come forward and talk to the police," Gaytan said.

Coats and Gaytan are hopeful someone will come forward who knows something.

"It's got to happen because we can't find closure, there will never be a happy holiday for us again," Coats said.

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest in this case you can call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.

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