One Black man, Tyrone Dale David Woodford 20, is under arrest in the death of Nancy Strait 85, and the assault and near-death beating of her husband of 65 years, Bob Strait 90, who was also shot in the face with a BB gun. Mrs. Strait was raped as well as brutally beaten. Reports says “burglars” broke into the Strati home, so I’m assuming there are other suspects sought in the case, but have no confirmation. Woodfork was charged today with felony first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary. Woodfork and others reportedly broke into the Strait home on March 14th. Mrs. Strait died of her injuries the next day. The New Black Panthers HAVE NOT offered a 10,000 man army to search for the remaining suspects, and they have not offered a bounty for the capture of Woodfork’s fellow felons (assuming there are others). The Strait home in Tulsa was located about 6 blocks from the home I grew up in and lived in until I graduated High School, in the same neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. Strait look like my parents. To you, Mikhail Muhammad, you are killing our parents, and our children, and our husbands and our wives, our brothers and sisters, our neighbors and the man at the gas station on the corner. Don’t think you can distract us from those who die at the hands of our Black populace. See ongoing UPDATES below.
What kind of monster rapes an 85 year old woman? I could say, look at the first photo below – that’s the kind of monster willing to rape anyone, but no, Woodfork is considered innocent until proven guilty – unlike George Zimmerman. To the Strait family, you have had my prayers since this story broke, and I hope you will accept my apologies for making this an issue of race. With the Black Panthers raising their “army” to capture George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, the Black Panthers offering $10,000 for the capture of Zimmerman, with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton the preening stars of a Martin rally today, and with the President saying his son, if he had one, would look like Trayvon – everything seems to be about race today. Bob and Nancy Strait look like my parents.
Mr Strait, who served in the 101st Airborne Division in World War II, suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and severe bleeding. He is in a serious condition in hospital.
Police have arrested 20-year-old Tyrone Dale David Woodfork in connection with the case.
The Straits’ distraught family today paid tribute to the pair, who grew up in poverty in rural Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
They met each other on a blind date on Thanksgiving 1946, married a month later and went on to have six children, 18 grandchildren and about 50 great and great-great grandchildren. They had recently welcomed a great-great-great grandchild…
The pair could be found sitting on their porch singing and playing the guitar during warmer summer evenings.
Mr Strait, who had worked for the oil derrick supply company Lee C. Moore before retirement, enjoyed woodwork while his wife loved making quilts and baking….
Tulsa police believe burglars broke into the Straits’ home either late Tuesday or early Wednesday last week. They were not found until the Wednesday evening. The Daily Mail has the full story.
Mr. Strait is still hospitalized. His daughters are hoping he will remember nothing. I pray he will not.
In Mississippi Saturday night, a 21 year old Mississippi State University White man, John Sanderson was murdered by three Black men. Two days later (today) the Tulsa World reported this story without mentioning that those sought are Black or that Sanderson was White. Maybe they didn’t know when they went to press, but the World is known for such shoddy journalism. It matters only because of the evolving atmosphere of hate around George Zimmerman. One of the Sanderson suspects is now under arrest – and guess what, yes…he really is Black. The next night in Jackson, Mississippi a Jackson State University man – a Black man – Nolan Ryan Henderson, was shot and killed at a pool party. We don’t know if his killer was Black or White or Hispanic or Asian. But there are witnesses, just as there are in the Sanderson murder.
And when I looked at Nolan’s photo, and the touching memorial his friends posted on Facebook, I felt great sorrow for that young life and for his family, just as I did when I heard about the death of Trayvon Martin, and the the sheer horror at what happened to the Straits. But make no mistake about it, the New Black Panthers feel nothing for anyone but those they call their own – and understand this please, not every Black American is considered one of them – and they are grateful for it.
UPDATE 9:45 am 3-27-11: Tyrone Woodfork lived four doors away from the Straits.
UPDATE 3-29-12: A granddaughter of the Straits left a comment saying there are 4 others believed to be involved in this terrible crime – still on the streets.
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