Peggy Gaytan's stolen memorial cross replaced

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 19:46:59-05

TULSA -- The memorial set up outside a convenience store honoring the victim of an unsolved murder was replaced Monday. 

Last week, the cross outside of the Shell convenience store on 36th Street and Harvard for Peggy Gaytan was taken. 

Gaytan was gunned down in December of 2011 while she was at work. 

A post was made on the "Justice 4 Peggy" Facebook page last week saying whoever took the cross had 24 hours to return it with no questions asked. The people behind it did not take the offer. 

Monday, Jennifer Harmon, who knew Gaytan from the convenience store, put out a new cross. She said replacing the memorial was a heavy task, but one she said she had to do. 

"It's a memorial cross, but it also serves a purpose and that is to poke at the conscious of anybody who has information about the crime," Harmon said. 

This is the second time the cross has been stolen. Harmon said it happened around the same time last year as it did this year. 

"We are guessing that somebody who knows what happened is taking them, because it's these times that we turn up the heat with the press that it's happened," Harmon said. 

She is hoping the surveillance video at the convenience store will give them a look at who walked away with the 2 foot tall cross. Harmon plans to turn it over to homicide detectives. 

"It would be great if the person that stole her memorial last week was some way in [the detective's] case file because that to me and to us would be a significant development," Harmon said. 

Even though she replaced the cross, Harmon is prepared for it to be stolen again soon. 

"If somebody does not want anybody to talk to the police, then they are not going to be afraid to keep taking it," Harmon said. 

Harmon said she wants Gaytan's family to have closure. 

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