Friday Morning, Tulsa Police got the break they were waiting for, the arrest of a suspect in the murder case of 17 year-old Kayla Ferrante.
Ferrante was killed back in May while riding in the back of a car with her boyfriend near 15th Street and 129th East Avenue.
A bullet from a high-powered rifle pierced the license plate, went through the car, fatally wounding Ferrante.
Police arrested 24 year-old Edwin Jermaine Daniels. He's being held on several counts -- including first degree murder, shooting with the intent to kill, three counts of robbery with a firearm and six counts of knowingly concealing stolen property.
Daniels apparently didn't stop with her murder. There were other crimes to occur and police simply followed the dots.
With 6 different mugshots...the 24 year-old is no stranger to trouble. But it was three home invasions on July 26th that the robbery unit was able to make a link to Daniels.
Sergeant Dave Walker told a crowd of reporters at a Press Conference, Friday Morning, "The information flow from what we were getting out to the patrol function, I don't know if it's viral but 80 thousand hits came from just officers on this case alone."
What followed was a search warrant and the recovery of additional evidence. Even with the progress though there is still a big question that remains unanswered. why, was Kayla killed?
Walker says, "We're not really going to go into what we believe today is the motive because that could easily change as we have seen in this investigation."
Kayla's parents are relieved their daughter's alleged killer captured. Roxanne Thornton, Kayla's Mother says, "it continues to be a day to day process, obviously this isn't over and we are moving from one phase to the next and continue to hope for justice for Kayla."
The sentiment was also shared by Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, "Our Tulsa police department, is simply incredible"
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan added, "I'm very, very proud of our officers. They did a lot of outstanding work, a lot of real dogged detective work, the kind of stuff that solves crime.
Work that a city and a neighborhood appreciate. One neighbor we spoke with said, "The police have to put up with an awful lot of stuff, I guess we'd say a great big thank you and keep up the good work. We appreciate you.
Police will tell you they still have more work to do, but one thing they're confident of that the man who killed Kayla is behind bars.
Tulsa's Channel 8 is continuing to follow developments in this story, look for more later on-air on Tulsa's Channel 8 and on-line at KTUL.com.
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