Helping a Keokuk father find justice

Nearly two years ago, two Keokuk residents who moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma were murdered execution style.

The trials deciding the fate of the two murder suspects are on the horizon.

The victims of this murder trial were Carissa Horton and Ethan Nichols. For the original story, click here.

Carissa's cousin, Ariana Horton is working on a project.
This project could help Carissa's father rest a little easier.

"It's really terrible, I mean she was a happy person," Horton said.

Horton has a goal helping Carissa's father, Rod Horton make it to each of the murder suspects' trials.

"My uncle is a semi driver and he will lose income during those two weeks. There are two trials. He will lose money during those times, and he just needs help. It's going to be hard because it's going to be hotels, food, gas, a lot of stuff," Horton explained.

According to the Tulsa County District Attorney's office, they can only provide transportation and housing expenses for family members that were issued subpoenas to testify in the trials.

Since Rod is not testifying, he doesn't qualify.

With the help of some other family members, Ariana created an IndieGoGo account to help raise money.

The account included a video made by Ariana, asking the public for help.

"We're posting it on Facebook, Twitter, and I repost it to my friends' walls and then they will see it and hopefully they will do the same thing. Like share it on their wall and share it to everyone else's walls.," Horton said.

"We believe the suspects are guilty and we think this website is going to provide an opportunity for Rod to meet the financial need to be there to see justice done for Carissa and for Ethan Nichols as well," fundraising helper Jay Kruse said.

One of the perks for donators is receiving a message giving the verdict right as it happens.

"I know that if I was in his situation, I would want to get in the trial, and I know that I would struggle if I were up to four weeks or maybe longer without an income. We have all these additional expenses. We realize there is a need there, and we want to do everything we can to help, and we can't afford to just give him the money. Very few people could," Kruse said.

There are seven days left to donate through the website. If you would like to help Holton reach her $3,000 mark, click here.

Each of the trials take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The first one begins September 9th, and the second one begins November 4th. Each are expected to go at least two weeks.

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