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Rep. Tom Cole comments on beheading in Moore

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, expressed sympathy on Saturday for the victims of the horrific attack at Vaughan Foods in his home town and urged people to reserve judgment as the investigation continues.

In a statement, Cole said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this brutal crime as well as their families, friends and co-workers.

“I can only imagine the pain and sorrow which they are experiencing in the wake of this atrocity. I am grateful for the courage displayed by Vaughan Foods Chief Operating Officer and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mark Vaughan who acted quickly and decisively to prevent the further loss of life. He is a true hero.

“I urge all citizens to cooperate with law enforcement officials as they work to determine exactly what happened and bring the perpetrator of this ghastly crime to justice.

“I am confident they will keep the public fully and appropriately informed as their investigation proceeds. Until they make their findings public, I urge all parties to avoid speculation about the nature and cause of this dreadful event.”

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›