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October 22, 2013

Domestic violence rising problem in Oklahoma

STILLWATER, Okla. — Two days after Janett Reyna filed a protective order against her boyfriend, she was stabbed to death in a Blackwell apartment.

Her three young children also were in the apartment.

Luis Octavio-Frias, 29, of Blackwell, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 8 attack.

Reyna was the domestic violence prevention program coordinator for the Ponca Tribe when she died.

Before helping more than 60 victims during her first year with the Ponca Tribe Domestic Violence Prevention Program, she served as a law enforcement officer with the Blackwell Police Department.

Octavio-Frias fled and is wanted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.

An affidavit from the Kay County Courthouse recounts the last hours of Reyna’s life.

The day before the murder, Reyna asked Frias’ mother, Atocha Maria Beltran, to watch the children while Reyna was at work.

Reyna did not know Frias was waiting to talk to her when she arrived at Beltran’s apartment.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. Aug. 8, Reyna told Frias she did not want to talk. He pulled her inside and shut the door.

Reyna’s oldest child told police she saw her father almost immediately start stabbing her mother.

A short time later, Beltran put the children in a separate room, called 911, found blood on a kitchen knife, washed it off and told police she committed the crime. An hour later, doctors found muliple cuts and stab wounds to Reyna’s abdomen, chest and face, and a strand of black hair in her right hand. She was prounced dead at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 8.

In the past year, Oklahoma has jumped from No. 17 in the nation for women murdered by a male significant other to No. 3, according to the Violence Policy Center.

Melissa Oliver, a senior counselor at Stillwater’s Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services, said Reyna’s death has affected many domestic violence advocates in Oklahoma.

“It’s easy to think that with education it doesn’t happen, but it’s far from the truth.” Oliver said.

The Violence Policy Center reports 97 percent of women who were killed were slain by someone they knew. They were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives or girlfriends.

“I don’t have numbers, but I think it’s more common than what we’d be comfortable with,” Oliver said. “I think it happens more next door than we know, and I think it happens more middle class than we like to think.”

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