Family remembers murder victims three years later

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "I thought today wouldn't be as hard but it is, it's just as hard as it was the first day," Cissy Sexton said.

Cissy Sexton says she remembers on May 17, 2016, hearing her daughter over the phone.

"My daughter calling and screaming and telling that something has happened to Aaron," Sexton said.

Sexton says her daughter would pick up Aaron Lavers to take him to work.

That morning Lavers and his roommate Anthony Rogers were found shot to death in their Ardmore apartment.

"I don't even know how I got there really, I don't even remember going there," Sexton said. "I just remembered being there."

Their suspected murderer, Craig Stanford, pleaded guilty over a year ago and is currently serving a life sentence without parole.

Stanford had been reported to the police before the murder happened for stealing an IPad mini, a 9-millimeter pistol and other electronics from the men's apartment.

The death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for Stanford admitting to the crimes and telling officials where the murder weapon was buried.

"We're not angry at his family because their victims just as (much as) we are," Sexton said. "I am angry at him and will I ever be able to forgive him - I don't know."

Sexton says Lavers was known to always help out people which inspired her to give back to the community by organizing different donations.

But Sexton says that might all come to an end this year.

"My mom says it's time to let Aaron go and let Aaron be in peace," Sexton said. "So, this was the last - this is the last donation the last balloon release."



 
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