Richard Don Latty  
Richard Latty,  was shot to death, in front of apartment at 2933 East 51st Street,

Family members of a man who was shot outside his condominium earlier this month said they can't understand how such a kind, gentle and creative man could be the target of a killer.
The Feb. 4 fatal shooting of Richard D. Latty, 56, remains unsolved, but police released a composite sketch of the killer Tuesday.
Latty's brother, Garry Latty, said the family is puzzled by the senseless crime.

"His way of living was so out of character with his death," he said. "I have not found anything in his life that would bring this to him. You would not expect this man to have a violent death."
Latty was shot more than once about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 4 while he was outside his condominium in the 2900 block of East 51st Street. He died early the next morning.
Latty, a financial planner, was the owner of Annuities Plus. He also was a member of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and sang in the Chancel Choir.
He was a lifelong Tulsan and a graduate of Will Rogers High School and the University of Tulsa.

Latty served in the Army in Okinawa, Japan, his brother said. His favorite hobby was acting, and he had acted in several area performances.
Police are still investigating the motive for Latty's killing. According to witnesses, the killer is described as white, in his early 20s, 6 feet tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He has dark hair, a slender build and was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, dark pants and a black baseball cap on the night of the shooting.
Detectives believe that another per son drove the getaway car, a light-blue, American-made vehicle that had some damage on the right side.
Latty's mother, Maxine Latty Lees, described him as a wonderful, outgoing person. "Richard just had loads of friends. He had no enemies, and he was very generous with his time," she said.
Garry Latty described his brother as an entertainer who discovered acting in high school. "The word 'ham' perfectly describes him," he said. "He loved the theater."
Latty's family members said they hope the composite drawing helps police find whoever is responsible for his death.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.
Callers can be anonymous, and the Crime Commission offers rewards for information that leads to an arrest.
 
 

 

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