Tulsa police see spike in city's homicides; families left to pick up the pieces

Posted at 4:18 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 23:30:19-04

TULSA -- As police continue their investigation into five murders in just two days, several families are mourning the loss of their loved ones.

The family of Lana Ellsbury says they're heartbroken over the loss of their sister. Ellsbury died in a home invasion that also left 41-year-old Dustin Graham dead.

Since Sunday, officers have informed five families of the loss of their loved ones.

Detectives say it never gets easier to make the phone calls, but having so many cases in a small amount of time puts strain on the department's resources.

So far, a few arrests have been made in several of the cases, but in Sunday's home invasion case of Ellsbury and Graham, the suspects are still a mystery.

Now, Ellsbury's family hopes they can find answers and bring closer to her children.

"She left behind a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old so they're going to need a lot of help and we're going to try to do the best we can," said Ellsbury's sister-in-law, Robin.

The recent spike has pushed Tulsa's 2016 homicide count to 44 so far. Oklahoma City's annual count currently sits at 48.

A fundraising page has been set up for the children of Lana Ellsbury. If you would like to donate, click here.

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