Monday, June 4, 2018

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk -TONIGHT: Monday, June 4th, 6:00 PM at 11th & Farnam (near South Entrance to Gene Leahy Mall)

Police and News ReportsOne killed, Six injured in Old Market area. 

20 yr-old Jasmine Harris died at NMC following a shooting at 11th & Farnam on Saturday, around 11:45 PM. She was an innocent victim of gang violence at the end of the Taste of Omaha Festival. Six others were injured following a gang altercation which escalated to gunfire.

The six other victims were all treated for non-life threatening injuries at area hospitals and have identified as:
Dewayne Staley Jr., 28
Makye Thomas, 15
Gregory Austin, 19, possible non-gun related injury
Kristen Prater, 16
Velia Vasquez,18
Robert McGhee-Gould, 20

11th & Farnam is one of the the street-side entrances to along the south side of the Gene Leahy Mall right by the two long slides where many of us have taken our families.

This incident may be related to gun violence in the area about a month ago. In 2012 two gangs squared off in a nearby parking lot which left a 19-year-old dead on the first weekend of the College World Series. 

Directions:  At 6:00 PM, meet at 11th & Farnam in front of the south entrance to the Gene Leahy Mall. 
It is my understanding that family and friends will be at the PrayerWalk so we would appreciate those who can help help us care for those grieving and pray into this neighborhood suffering violence from human bloodshed.

Thank You for helping to make a difference in reducing violence in our city.

Monday afternoon Update:
There is a growing community response to this tragic shooting and along with the family of Jasmine Harris could generate a large crowd at the PrayerWalk tonight at 11th & Farnam.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer will have an news conference at 2:00 PM including Mayor Jean Stothert. The Omaha Downtown Improvement District will be scheduling a community meeting later this week. I am waiting to hear back from the mayor's office but expect participation at the PrayerWalk.

It is important at a time like this in our city for there to be a strong spiritual leadership presence.
We need your help as spiritual leaders to speak and pray healing and peace into our city after this violence.   

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