Family, Friends Remember Slain Spencer Father

Monday, November 11th 2013, 5:06 pm
By: News 9

A Spencer family wants answers after a daughter discovered her father's dead body in his home Sunday morning.

Police aren't saying how it happened, but are investigating it as a homicide.

The neighborhood is still in shock.

"That's what I was wondering, what happened?" said 75-year-old Spencer resident Leon Ealom. "Because he didn't have any enemies that I knew of, so why would someone just go in there and kill him?"

A Spencer community is still stunned over how 46-year-old Lawrence Tingle died inside his home. Tingle's daughter made the gruesome discovery Sunday morning. Oklahoma City Police detectives say the home was ransacked.

"I don't know why this happened, I don't understand what's going, they're not telling us anything," said Tingle's brother Anthony Tingle.

Family says Tingle had some people at his home Friday night, and they believe a fight broke out because there was trauma to Tingle's head, and there was broken glass and blood on the dining room floor.

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Tingle was a self-employed mechanic who owned three houses and rented one. The same home he grew up in and his grandfather built was the one he died in.

"When I found out he was dead, it just kind of blew my mind," said Ealom. "Great loss to this community. Because he was a helping hand to everybody, and he fixed everyone's air conditioners and cars."

Ealom lived across the street from Tingle for 23 years. He says they used to cut the grass at the same time together and he was like a son to him.

"He was right there at my hand, all I had to do was call him and he answered, so I'm going to miss him," Ealom said.

Ealom said he didn't hear anything coming from Tingle's home over the weekend, and he thought Tingle was out of town.

Family said Tingle had surveillance cameras inside his home, and they don't believe this was a random home invasion.

The Medical Examiner's Office is still examining the body to determine a cause of death.

Police haven't released any suspect information and ask you to call their Crime Stoppers line at (405)-235-7300.