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Murder Victims' Neighbors Speak

LAWTON Okla_ It's been over 24 hours since a father and son were gunned down in their Lawton home.

Tuesday, the community surrounding Uwe and Stefan Rushing are mourning the loss of the two. From former teachers of Stefan's to colleagues of Uwe's, several folks say the Rushings are good people who won't  soon be forgotten.

It's obvious from comments on 7News' facebook page how much Uwe and Stefan were loved and respected by those who surrounded them. We spoke with a nearby neighbor Tuesday who said Uwe and his children touched the hearts of many who came in contact with them. Neither her neighborhood or her life will now be the same without the Rushings.

"We had just moved in here, and they came over and welcomed us," neighbor Miranda Sellman said.

She moved across the street from Uwe and his two children over one year ago.

"We said, you know, ‘Thanks for welcoming us' and he said, ‘No problem,'" Sellman said. "'If y'all need anything, we're here' and introduced his two boys to us. We found out that we had kids the same age."

Not long after, it was clear that Sellman had just inherited a neighbor whose caring nature extended beyond his own home.

"There was a time when we had prowlers in our backyard, and he patrolled our neighborhood watched out house for three days straight to make sure that we were safe," Sellman said. "He's that type of man."

We didn't have to go far to find others who were impacted by the father of two. Rushing had worked with the Southwest Oklahoma State University's Adventure Program where he counseled troubled youths. His colleagues told 7News he was more a friend than a coworker, and his work with children was irreplaceable. Perhaps one of the biggest tragedies of all was the loss of his 13-year-old son Stefan. Stefan was an 8th grader at Central Middle School and was involved in things like the chess club, National Junior Honor Society, and the Gifted and Talented Program. Alyssa wrote on our facebook page that Stefan was insightful, inquisitive, and talented.

Among the facebook outpouring, many ask the same question that Miranda has been asking since early Monday morning:

"Why would you kill a good man and a 13-year-old boy that still had a life to live? Why?" Sellman said. "What a blessing they were to have in our life. We never told them that, and I wish we could have and should have. You just never know when that day is going to come."

Miranda and her husband Steven are still trying to reach out the Rushings' loved ones in hopes that they can help out in any way they can. As for the investigation, police are still trying to track down who's responsible for the deaths of Uwe and Stefan.

A memorial fund has been set up at Fort Sill Federal Credit Union. You can make a donation at any one of their four Lawton locations. It's under the Uwe and Stefan Rushing Family Benefit. The proceeds will go toward helping the 18-year-old son.

 

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