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The name of hope

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If you are a Native American woman, statistics show your chances of being a victim of homicide are 10 times greater than everyone else who lives in the United States.

LaRenda Morgan fears one of her cousins may be one of those statistics. But her cousin has a name. It’s Ida Beard. She also has a family that loves her and misses her. Beard, 29, of El Reno, hasn’t been seen or heard from since leaving home one evening in June of 2015.

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Volkstrauertag observed

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People from across Oklahoma gathered at Fort Reno on Sunday for what has become a somber tradition, German Memorial Day, known in its native language as Volkstrauertag.

The ceremony featured tributes to German and Italian prisoners of war who died in Oklahoma and were buried at the Fort Reno Cemetery.

Fort Reno, at one time during World War II, held more than 1,300 German prisoners. Of those, 62 are buried there along with eight Italian POWs.

Most died in other POW camps and hospitals stationed around Oklahoma.