Member of Indian art family killed at motel 8-07

Muskogee, Oklahoma (AP) - A man has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the death of the adopted daughter of an AIDS activist and member of a prominent American Indian art family.

Shelleigh Poorbear, 18, was stabbed multiple times on Aug. 13 at the Western Motel on U.S. 69 in Muskogee, police said. Her body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Tulsa for an autopsy, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said.

Poorbear is the daughter of Lisa Tiger, an AIDS activist and part of the Tiger family known for its Indian art. Lisa Tiger lives in Santa Fe, N.M.

Poorbear had gone to the motel with Enrique Pacheco, 18, the father of her 10-month-old son, police said. The couple had been having problems in their relationship, said Muskogee police Sgt. Greg Martin.

They went to a movie Aug. 13 and then to the motel to spend time together, Martin said.

Poorbear’s body was discovered after someone called police at 10:22 p.m. to report a knifing in “Room 104 at a cheap motel,” according to Martin.

Officers responded and were familiar with Pacheco’s name on the Western Motel register, Martin said.

After locating Poorbear’s body, police located Pacheco at another residence, he said. Guests of the hotel did not report hearing a disturbance, Martin said.

Poorbear had called police to a residence early Aug. 13 after Pacheco arrived and there was some sort of an altercation, Martin said.

“No arrest was made,” said Martin, who said a police report was filed.

Information from: Muskogee Phoenix,