Community leaders have stated that the shooting spree was a tragic time in Tulsa’s history and that it should never be forgotten.
“All of the things that have occurred in New York and other areas of the country with the relationships between the races has been difficult, been strained,” said Pastor Warren Blakney of North Peoria Church of Christ. “I think it’s important that we continue to talk about how these things can happen so quickly.”
Out of respect for the families, Blakney said hat his church would not hold a public service to commemorate the date but would hold something more private to honor the victims.
In 2014 I contacted the Mayor’s Office, Tulsa Homicide the Community Leaders, and both convicted killers, Jake England and Alvin Watts, then being held in separate State Correctional Institutions. All agreed to be interviewed in order for this writer to garner the facts relating to the case for a True Crime Book entitled The Good Friday Killers. Scheduled to travel to Oklahoma in Summer 2014, the trip was unfortunately postponed due to a biking accident I suffered by falling into a UN-barricaded hole excavated in a sidewalk in the small Florida town of Belleair Bluffs.