“We still don’t have any answers,” Family of Langston shooting victim begs public to come forward

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LANGSTON, Okla. -- A family is pleading the public for answers more than a month after a man was fatally shot at a Langston party.

Brandon Dupree, 19, died in October after investigators say he was shot in the chest near the Langston Activity Center. The venue is off the campus of Langston University, where we are told Dupree did not attend.

Despite interviews and following leads, Special Agent Michael Dean with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation ('OSBI') said Friday they have had zero individuals come forward with information on their own.

According to Special Agent Dean, there were between 200 to 300 people at the party on the night of the shooting.

"I cannot begin to imagine why someone would not come forward. I get emotional thinking about that is...how a man could lay there dying after being shot and witnessed by so many people and again — zero people come forward willing to give a statement, willing to give any type of information…to me, is an atrocity," Dean said. "I’ve been in law enforcement 26 years, and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve had this type of opposition to get a homicide resolved."

Since the October shooting, a $5,000 reward for information leading an arrest has been offered.

Dupree's family drove from Arkansas and tearfully begged the public for answers at a press conference Friday held by the OSBI.

"Thanksgiving was really hard for me. It’s almost Christmas, and we still don’t have any answers," said Dupree's mother Bonita Martin. "I got to spend the holidays without my baby. Please can anyone with information, can you all please forward. Please."

Along with Martin was Dupree's sisters.

"We love you, Brandon. You were our favorite. I don’t know who would do such a thing. They’re just wrong everyone stands here today and wishes you were right here," Paige Williams said. "If someone wants to hurt you, they should be in jail."

Agent Dean said videos from the night of the shooting could be especially helpful.

"With social media and the way Snapchat and the way all the other social media works, somebody did take video whether it was inside the party, whether it was outside when the shooting happened. That there is video out there," he said. "Any and all video can be sent, because then I can start reviewing that video or our analyst can start reviewing that video. We can start identifying individuals and identify who was there that we haven’t made contact with yet, and it just takes that one person to come forward."

Anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact the OSBI tip line at 800-522-8017 or at tips@osbi.ok.gov. Tips may remain anonymous.


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