Labor Commissioner Stabbed to Death in OKC; Son Arrested
Police say Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has been stabbed to death at a fast-food restaurant and his adult son has been taken into custody.
Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said in a statement late Sunday night that officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a Braum's restaurant and found Costello, who had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area. Costello was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Balderrama says the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Christian Costello, the commissioner's son, was taken into custody in the restaurant parking lot.
Balderrama says the younger Costello was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint.
He says Christian Costello is in police custody. Balderrama said he did not know whether Costello has an attorney.
Below are several of the many remembrances from Oklahoma politicians Sunday night.
My family is stunned & deeply grieved to hear of the tragic death of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. What a tragedy.— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) August 24, 2015
So sorry to hear the tragic news about Mark Costello...— Mick Cornett (@MickCornett) August 24, 2015
Shocked and saddened to hear of OK Labor Commissioner Mark Costello's untimely death tonight. Prayer and condolences for his family.— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) August 24, 2015
Commissioner Costello was uniquely enthusiastic about his job. He loved serving and he wanted to leave OK a better place. He will be missed.— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) August 24, 2015
The tragic news that my friend Commissioner Mark Costello was killed this evening breaks my heart. It doesn't seem that it could be real.— Jason Nelson (@jasonnelsonok) August 24, 2015