Mother Of Man Killed In Spencer Bar Shooting Speaks Out

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 6:19 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office is now taking the lead in the investigation into a deadly bar shooting in Spencer over the weekend.

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The family of the young man killed wonders how it could have happened, especially since police had been at the club just minutes before.

Twenty-three-year-old Jean-Ciar Pierce was a former standout basketball player at Classen School of the Arts and worked at Ralph Ellison library.

Pierce was with friends at the Shakers Club in Spencer when gunfire erupted, and he was hit.

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Flowers and words of solace surround a telephone pole where Pierce crashed his car after getting hit in the neck with a bullet.

Sarah Burdine, Pierce's mother, is still trying to comprehend how this could have happened.

"Just broken hearted. We can't believe this. For our whole family, all of Ciar's friends, this is just unimaginable," Burdine said.

Over at the bar where the shooting happened, the windows are boarded up. And the owners, who had just open Shakers, are now planning on closing it for good.

"They were some nice people that were just trying to start a business, you know," said Chris Smith who owns a restaurant next door.

Now, while friends and family mourn, police and sheriff deputies search for the people responsible for firing the multiple shots. Turns out, police had just visited the club at around 2 a.m. that Saturday since it was open past closing time.

Pierce's family just wants the shooter to be found.

"We just need people to come forward," Burdine said.

Right now, the family of Jean-Ciar Pierce are in the midst of making funeral arrangements.

The police chief told News 9 he does not believe this shooting was gang-related at all.

Investigators have interviewed dozens of witnesses. But so far no arrests have been made.