The five dead included two adults and juveniles. Photo / AP
Oklahoma police responding to a 911 call in which no one spoke
found a gruesome scene at a suburban Tulsa home – five members of a
family dead or dying from stabbing and a sixth wounded but alive near
the front door.
Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said
Thursday that two teenage sons were apprehended and expected to be
charged in the deaths of their parents, three siblings and an attack on a
fourth sibling. A fifth sibling, a 2-year-old girl, was found unharmed
and transferred to state custody.
“It certainly is shocking. I’m
shocked,” neighbor Patricia Statham said. “I feel so bad for everyone
who walks into that house. You can see it in the faces of the officers
when they come out.”
At the scene, investigators stepped gingerly around pools of blood. Photo / AP
Calhoun identified the parents killed as David and
April Bever, ages 52 and 44. He identified one of the two suspects in
the deaths as their 18-year-old son, Robert Bever.
The other suspect, a 16-year-old son, was not identified because he is a juvenile.
three children found dead were boys ages 12 and 7, and a girl 5 years
old, Calhoun said. The two survivors were a 13-year-old girl, who was
injured, and the 2-year-old girl. None of those names were released.
the scene, investigators stepped gingerly around pools of blood, their
feet covered to help protect the evidence. Other officers erected black
tarps and blue tarps to veil two bodies in the front yard as the sun
rose Thursday. A gust of wind blew down one section of the makeshift
wall, revealing a bloody white sheet.
“I’ve been here 19 years
and I don’t know if we’ve had more than three homicides in a year,” said
Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun, the department spokesman. “This
is the worst single criminal event in Broken Arrow history.”
to Calhoun, officers responding to a 911 call at about 11:30 Wednesday
night could not enter the house through the front door but heard moaning
and found another way inside. They came across the injured 13-year-old
first and dragged her outside for fear the killer might still be in the
And they did the same with two other victims, not knowing whether they were dead or alive.
Elsewhere in the house, they found three more bodies.
tracking dog led officers to 16- and 18-year-old brothers in woods near
the house. They were taken to the Broken Arrow Police station for
questioning and would likely be transferred to the Tulsa County Jail,
“Anytime someone murders their family members, as
young as 5, I don’t see how there could be a mental process for that,”
Neighbors said they knew the nine – in part because they stood in contrast with others in a close-knit neighborhood.
Bill Whitworth, 46, who drives a bread truck, said his 18-year-old son was the same age as one of the teenagers detained.
son never had an opportunity to play with him because their parents
wouldn’t allow them to play with the other kids,” Whitworth said. The
only time he’d see the family was when “I saw the Suburban backing out
of the driveway.”
Helen Hoagland, 88 and a neighborhood resident
for 42 years, described the children as home schooled and kept on a
tight leash. The family had helped with neighborhood Christmas
decorations, but stopped after two years.
“We just have a great
neighborhood. That’s just crazy; it’s absolutely crazy,” Hoagland said
as she watched police work the crime scene before dawn.
Statham, 74, said she would see the children cutting grass or playing outside and would have never expected trouble.
“Usually the worst thing we have here is kids with baseball bats destroying mailboxes,” she said.