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Excavation continues in search for massacre victims

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Entrance to Tulsa's Oaklawn Cemetery near 11th and South Peoria

As excavation and lab analysis work continued Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery, forensic anthropologist Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield discovered that one of the three sets of remains exhumed last week contained one victim with a gunshot wound.

During lab work, a bullet core was removed from the victim's skull. At this time, experts believe the victim to be an adult male, though no definitive information on race or potential relation to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre can be confirmed at this time. The gunshot victim was buried in a plain casket in the Original 18 Potter's Field area.

This gunshot victim marks the second gunshot victim found in the City's search for potential victims from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The first gunshot victim was found in last year's excavation. DNA analysis of the first gunshot victim continues in Utah with Intermountain Forensics and no definitive information about potential relation to the Tulsa Race Massacre can be confirmed at this time.