Murder Victim's Father Speaks Out While Police Search for Killer

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 6:07 pm

By: News 9

It has been four days since 20-year-old Anthony Hartfield Jr. was found shot to death inside his father's northeast Oklahoma City home.

Police say they need the public's help in solving this case. And Anthony's dad says he needs someone to be held accountable for his son's death.

"Whoever done this, I hope they come to justice," said Anthony Hartfield, Sr. "I hope they get what they deserve."

Anthony Hartfield, Jr. was in the prime of his life. He was in his first year of college at Connors State College. But the rising basketball star was gunned down at his father's home along NE 46th St. during a weekend visit, after someone kicked in the door early Monday morning.

 1/14/2013 Related Story: Resident Shot To Death During Home Invasion In NE OKC

"I didn't hear the door kicked in, but  I heard a Boom! Boom!" said his father.   

Anthony's father says when he went to check what had happened, he found his son lying on the ground.

"I said 'Son are you OK?' And he didn't respond," said Hartfield Sr. "And when I looked down at him, he was trying to say something, but he was already gone."

Wednesday night, friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil at Western Hills Baptist Church, to remember Anthony, or Junior as he was known. He often played ball there.

"I just broke down and cried," said Darius Sadler, who says Junior was his best friend.

Everyone here wants to know why Junior, was killed, especially his father. Anthony Hartfield, Sr. admits to running with the wrong crowd in the past, and admits he is a felon currently on probation. But he says he was trying to clean up his life.

1/16/2013 Related Story: Vigil Held For Young OKC Basketball Star Killed In Home Invasion 

"I think sometime my son took that bullet for me, because my son really didn't have anything to do with anything."

The one thing his father will remember is his smile. Police just hope someone will come forward with the information they need to arrest Junior's killer.

"Any information that anybody has regardless of how minute or  insignificant they might think, it could be of some help to us in this investigation," said Captain Dexter Nelson with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward


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