Family and friends mourn a man who was shot dead on New Years Day in a neighborhood in southwest Oklahoma City after an alleged traffic incident.
Those close to 26-year-old Jonathan Camren tell News 9 that they are still in shock by what happened.
“He was the big brother in my life,” said Wyatt Palomino, a friend. “He taught me a lot of things, taught me to take care of myself.”
It was just 15 minutes in the New Year when the police received a call from a shooting near Southwest 27 and McKinley. When they got to the intersection, they found Camren.
He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
“I didn’t believe it,” said Palomino. “At first it didn’t seem real, he was always that person who is so invincible, as if he was always that person for everyone.”
Palomino received a call that day from one of his friends who said to check Facebook and Camren was gone. His death made family and friends heartbroken.
“I don’t like going through something like that, nobody does,” said Palomino. “Especially when it’s someone who is like a brother to you. I wish he were still here with us. “
According to investigators, there was a traffic-related altercation between Camren and 19-year-old Christopher Ward, which led to the shooting.
Officials said Ward was also wounded in the incident and was taken to a local hospital. He is being sent to the Oklahoma County Detention Center on charges of first degree murder.
“It’s sad, I mean, who would want something like this to happen to their loved ones instead of something that could have been avoided,” said Paul Gutierez, a friend.
In the days that followed, a memorial was erected to Camren at the intersection he was shot at.
“Nobody has to do this for him because he’s already in heaven,” Gutierez said. “It’s about love and respect, I respected him as a man.”
No one else was injured in the shooting. If you have more information on this case, please call the Homicide Tip line at 405-297-1200.