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Gunshot dead body found in search of victims of Tulsa massacre

According to the city, a gunshot wound has been found in the second body of a possible victim of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

According to a statement late Friday from city spokesman Carson Colvin, “Forensic anthropologist Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield found that one of the three sets of remains retrieved last week contained a victim of gunshot wounds.”

In an effort to ultimately confirm that the massacres are the remains of the victims, investigators are looking for signs of trauma, such as gunshot wounds, based on accounts from the time.

According to the statement, a portion of the bullet was removed from the head of the remains. The caste of the person and whether the remains belonged to the victim of the massacre are not yet known.

Stubblefield did not immediately return a phone call to the Associated Press on Saturday.

The remains were in a plain coffin and believed to be that of an adult male, matching reports from 1921, and were in the area of ​​Oaklawn Cemetery where 18 massacre victims were reportedly buried.

The first remains with gunshot wounds were found in June 2021 and are now at Intermountain Forensics in Salt Lake City where DNA analysis is ongoing.

The current excavation of the cemetery in search of the victims of the 1921 Race Massacre began on 26 October and has found 26 unmarked graves. The work is expected to continue till November 18.

Four sets of newly found remains have been extracted and taken to an on-site laboratory for analysis.

The search for the graves of the massacre victims began in 2020 and resumed last year with nearly three dozen coffins.

Fourteen sets of previously recovered remains were sent to Intermountain Forensics for testing, and two of them have been found to contain enough DNA to begin sequencing and develop a genealogical profile.

No remains have been identified or confirmed as victims of the genocide, one of the worst examples of white mob violence against black Americans in American history.

More than 1,000 homes were burned, hundreds more looted, and a thriving business district known as Black Wall Street was destroyed in racist violence.

Historians have estimated the death toll to be between 75 and 300, with generational wealth wiped out.

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