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Silent 911 call leads cops to 5 dead in Oklahoma home

Justin Juozapavicius
Associated Press

Broken Arrow, Okla. — Oklahoma police responding to a 911 call in which no one spoke found a gruesome scene at a suburban Tulsa home — five members of a family dead or dying from stabbings and a sixth wounded but alive near the front door.

Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said Thursday that two teenage sons were apprehended and expected to be charged in the deaths of their parents, three siblings and an attack on a fourth sibling. A fifth sibling, a 2-year-old girl, was found unharmed and transferred to state custody.

“It certainly is shocking. I’m shocked,” neighbor Patricia Statham said. “I feel so bad for everyone who walks into that house. You can see it in the faces of the officers when they come out.”

Calhoun identified the parents killed as David and April Bever, ages 52 and 44. He identified one of the two suspects in the deaths as their 18-year-old son, Robert Bever. The other suspect, a 16-year-old son, was not identified because he is a juvenile.

The three children found dead were boys ages 12 and 7, and a girl 5 years old, Calhoun said. The two survivors were a 13-year-old girl, who was injured, and the 2-year-old girl. None of those names were released.

At the scene, investigators stepped gingerly around pools of blood, their feet covered to help protect the evidence. Other officers erected black tarps and blue tarps to veil two bodies in the front yard as the sun rose Thursday.

“I’ve been here 19 years and I don’t know if we’ve had more than three homicides in a year,” said Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun, the department spokesman.

Broken Arrow, a suburb of about 100,000 people, is on the Arkansas River just southeast of Tulsa and the home is in a well-established, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

According to Calhoun, officers responding to a 911 call at about 11:30 Wednesday night could not enter the house through the front door but heard moaning and found another way inside. They came across the injured 13-year-old first and dragged her outside for fear the killer might still be in the house.

And they did the same with two other victims, not knowing whether they were dead or alive.

Elsewhere in the house, they found three more bodies.

A tracking dog led officers to the 16- and 18-year-old brothers in woods near the house.