A family is desperate for answers after their loved one was found murdered last week in her Chickasha home.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigators think Andrea Blankenship, 41, was killed the same day as her neighbors, 67-year-old Leon Pye and his four-year-old granddaughter Kaeos Yates. Authorities said the two were stabbed to death.
Authorities arrested Lawrence Anderson, 42, and confirmed he was connected to the three deaths. Anderson is being held in the Grady County jail but has not been charged by the Grady County District Attorney.
“It will haunt us that that was the last individual she saw before she passed away,” said Brooke Burris-Wofford, Blankenship's cousin. “We’ve lost a piece of our heart we’ll never get back.”
A grieving family looking for answers into their loved one's death. Blankenship lived on the same street as the two Pye and Yates. The man accused in the killing spree was identified as Pye's nephew, authorities said.
Anderson was released from prison only weeks before and was living with his uncle.
“Really turns your stomach to think that you could have someone that violent living next to you,” said Burris-Wofford.
Blankenship's family wants to know why Anderson's sentence was commuted and signed off by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
“We know he had a history of violence against woman,” said Burris-Wofford. “We know he sold crack cocaine in front of the elementary school there in Chickasha then had other charges. He has a rap sheet a mile long.”
Blankenship was a single mother of two and lived alone. Her family said OSBI investigators told them she was killed first. The family questions why she was targeted.
“We know that she didn’t know Mr. Anderson,” said Burris-Wofford. “Had any conversation that he initiated beyond a greeting. We don’t feel she would have engaged him just because they didn’t know each other.”
Blankenship’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral and burial costs.