“I knew he was gone,” Neighbors discover man murdered outside his home
OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro family is dealing with a painful loss.
While many families were celebrating Mother’s Day, one metro family was mourning.
Flowers and a cross are on the spot where 22-year-old Christian Estrada Tovar lost his life.
His family said Tovar got a call from someone around 4:30 Sunday morning.
After the phone call, he walked outside his home, located on S.W. 24th St.
“I was upstairs, and I heard four gunshots and then turned around and heard another one after that, didn’t hear any car speeding off or anything, so they must have been on foot,” said Cathy Hawkins, Tovar’s neighbor.
At that point, Hawkins called 911.
She then went outside and found Tovar’s body in the front yard of his home.
“I saw EMSA was here, but EMSA left, so I knew he was gone,” she said.
The shooting came as a shock to family members.
“I was asleep, and I heard my mom scream, and then I see him there on the floor,” said Aaron Hernandez, Tovar’s cousin.
That shock soon turned into a feeling of loss for family members and friends.
“He was more like a brother to me. He meant a lot to me,” Hernandez said.
“I really hope they catch whoever did this, because it makes you really worry about the safety of your neighborhood,” Hawkins said.
Hernandez has that same worry, along with the pain of losing someone he loved.
Authorities have now charged 19-year-old Curtlon Panoske with first-degree murder. He is currently in jail in Wewoka on a separate charge.