Oklahoma City family begging for answers in cold case murder

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Sherra Kirkpatrick decorates her father’s grave every year for Christmas.

“We sometimes put Christmas trees out,” said Kirkpatrick.

This year, it’s decorated with candy canes and a blue wreath.

“The best father a girl could want,” said Kirkpatrick.

Every Christmas season is a reminder of her father’s violent death and the fact that the killer has never been brought to justice.

“The 15th anniversary is a big one and they don’t have any more answers to who was involved in the crime,” said Kirkpatrick. “This time of year especially makes it hard.”

On Dec. 15, 2002, Reuben Kirkpatrick, or “Kirk” as they called him, was found dead inside his home near S.E. 15th and High by his brother.

Investigators say he had been stabbed 37 times.

“When I think about his last moments that he perished, how scared he must have been,” said Kirkpatrick.

Police began chasing down leads and Kirk’s family distributed flyers all town. But it never led to anything.

“Couldn’t find any kind of DNA under my dad’s fingernails that would do anything, just really nothing,” said Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick remains convinced all these years later that there’s someone out there who knows something.

“These people or person had blood on their clothes, a lot of blood. And that somebody had to have seen that,” said Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick feels peaceful in the cemetery but ultimate peace won’t come until she has answers.

And she says she’s not giving up until she gets them.

Oklahoma City police say there is nothing new to report but say this is still an open case.

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