, Muskogee, OK

November 4, 2013

Slain Haskell man's family mourns

He's remembered as close to all his many siblings

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— Codye Lee Burris was close to all of his brothers and sisters — and there are more than a dozen, his mom said.

“He took care of his family,” Gloria Starr said. “He always liked being around his family.”

Burris, 24, was shot to death in Haskell early Saturday. He was found in the street in front of a house on Osage Street. He had multiple gunshot wounds, said Rae Lea Spears, an investigator with the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department.

Witnesses saw a white pickup and a car speed away after the shots were fired. Spears said she was pretty sure Burris knew the person who shot him.

No arrests have been made.

“We are interviewing a lot of people,” Spears said.

Starr said her son loved sports. Burris played baseball and football throughout his high school years.

“He played basketball for Boynton,” Starr said.

“He loved playing basketball and playing with his niece and nephews,” Starr said. “His favorite football team was the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Burris grew up in Haskell and had lived there most of his life. He earned a living as a roofer.

Starr said her son never married and had no children.

“He tried to help everyone. He tried to be daddy to everybody,” Starr said. “He was just a good person and was fun to be around. Everybody wanted to be around him. Everybody wanted to be like him.”

His mother said he did have a little bit of a temper.

“He was easy to make mad, but his heart was good,” she said. “He gave to everybody.”

Funeral services are pending with Dyer Memorial Chapel in Tulsa.

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You can help

If you have information about the Saturday morning slaying of Codye Lee Burris, call Muskogee County Sheriff’s Investigator Rae Lea Spears at (918) 687-1275.