One of the two white men arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning for shooting three African-American North Tulsa residents to death and injuring two others appears to have had a racist posting on his Facebook pages. The apparently random racially motivated shootings have terrorized Tulsa's African-American community. The city in 1921 was the location of one of the nation's worst race massacres.
Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were taken into custody Sunday morning by a task force of local and federal law enforcement including the Tusla Police Department and Sheriff's office as well as the FBI and U.S. Marshals. The spree attacks apparently took place almost two years to the day after England's father was killed by an African-American man who tried to break into the apartment of suspect Jake England's sister. The father went to the North Tulsa apartment complex after the man who had attempted the break-in threatened the daughter upon his return.
On Thursday afternoon, Jake England appears to have posted the following message on his Facebook page:
Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a fucking nigger it's hard not to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head. RIP . Dad and sheran I . Love and miss u I think about both of u every second of the day
On Friday, England appeared to make the following posts:
Chilling at that house people talking shit on me for some shit I didn't do lil man and cady Ian's here I do believer it just mite be the time to call it quits I I hate to say it like that but I'm done if something does happen tonite be ready for another funeral later
I'm cool I'm not guard do anything my son is the only thing I have to live for
In January, Alvin Watts, the other man arrested, allegedly wrote the following on his Facebook page:
O.b.a.m.a. Let me define. One big ass mistake america! Lol!
Carl England, Jake's father, according to local news stories from April 2010 went to the Comanche Park Apartments at 3608 North Quaker Avenue to assist his daughter after she was involved in a confrontation that day. The elder England was allegedly shot to death at the apartments by Pernell Demond Jefferson, a convicted felon. Jefferson was allegedly struck by the younger England's boyfriend with a baseball bat during an attempt to break into her apartment. Carl England appeared to go to the apartment after Jefferson threatened to get even with his daughter for being hit earlier in the day.
Authorities have not yet released detailed information, although the arrests appear to be based on a hotline tip.
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