Tensions high, schools dismissed in Luther as manhunt continues

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LUTHER, Okla. - As the manhunt for Michael Vance continues, the Luther community is on edge.

For four days, authorities have been searching for Vance who shot six people including two police officers and two of his relatives who died.

"I was really nervous about it this morning," said Jenny Hamilton, a Luther parent.

The trailer park where Vance shot two Wellston police officers on Sunday is only about four miles from Hamilton's home.

"When my stepdad had a heart attack, it took them 40 minutes to get here, the paramedics. So, I mean, we're so far out that, if something happens, nobody gets to you fast," Hamilton said.

That has Hamilton and her family being extra alert.

"We've just been being a little more cautious about everything, you know. Because, during the day when you leave when you live out in the country, you're pretty relaxed but not when something like that is going on," said Hamilton's mom, Cynthia Botchlet.

Luther residents have been taking to social media, some saying they don't even want to leave their homes.

Tensions are high as the funeral for Vance's two relatives, Ronald and Kay Wilkson, is set to take place at the Luther High School auditorium on Friday afternoon.

"I think they should totally close that school that day," Botchlet said.

On Wednesday afternoon, that decision was made.

The Wilksons' family was at one point told they couldn't have the funeral at the school anymore.

However, they decided to let the family go ahead with it and just dismiss school for the day.

The football game against Meeker is still on for Friday night.


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