An Omaha family is grieving following the murder of their only child. Twenty-one-year-old Brittany Williams was shot Sunday night in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant. A relative said Monday she had no enemies.
"I've not known anybody to say anything negative about Brittany and I've not known her to have anybody to dislike her," says Paul Gunter, Brittany’s uncle.
Those who loved her started building a memorial Monday night near the spot where Brittany was shot to death. Shot, police believe, not for any particular reason, but chosen at random by a teenager with a high-powered rifle.
Nineteen-year-old Kyle Bormann of Omaha was booked for criminal homicide and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Police say it does not appear that Bormann knew Williams.
Authorities say she was entering the drive-thru of the Long John Silver's/Kentucky Fried Chicken at 30th and Craig just after 8:30 p.m. when Bormann fired a high-powered rifle from his parked vehicle several blocks away, hitting Wiilaims in the head.
As police were investigating the area, a 1996 Chrysler Sebring drove through the crime scene tape. The driver, later identified as Bormann, fled the area, drove to 29th and Bondesson Street and then ran. He was captured after a short foot chase in the area of North Market Square Park in the Florence neighborhood.
"This is a random shooting incident which took the life of Brittany Williams, so in that respect it is somewhat unusual," says Omaha Police Sgt. Teresa Negron.
"The totality of the circumstances from the investigation and you come up with a determination on the location that the shot was fired from," says Sgt. Negron.
Brittany's uncle tells us it's still hard to imagine someone so full of life is gone. "Brittany was bright, bubbly, always cheery, always had an attitude that was out of this world, she never frowned, she had a smile that would brighten up the whole room, she loved her parents dearly and she loved life to the fullest."
The reason Brittany was even at the drive-thru was out of love for her family. "She called and asked her mother was she hungry? And her mom said no, but your dad will be hungry when he gets off work so she said you stop at KFC. She said you know your dad likes the hot wings and that's the last her mother seen or heard of her."
Brittany graduated from North High School and was a full-time college student while also working full time.
It was on Martin Luther King Jr. Day two years ago we found Brittany helping out at the Open Door Mission with her sorority. "It's always good to give back to the community," Brittany said on January 16, 2006.
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, her family is following Dr. King's message of forgiveness.
"To the family of the young man, we don't hate him, we're praying for him and we pray that they can make it through this,” says Gunter.
Channel 6 News went to Bormann's home Monday to see if his parents wanted to comment on the charges. The driveway was blocked and a "No Media" sign was posted, indicating they didn't want to talk.
An unidentified man also made it very clear. "We don't want any company."
Over the weekend, two teens were accidentally shot in Bellevue. With the Von Maur tragedy fresh in our minds, many are asking what can be done about gun violence?
Channel 6 News took that question to U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
"Short of taking away the guns, which is unconstitutional, it's going to be very, very difficult to stop this. People say, well, take away something like an AK-47. I can understand people wanting to do that, but generally it's hard to define what's an AK-47 and then we'll take away semi-automatic shotguns that are used for hunting and so it's a very difficult, slippery slope."
On the state level, the Nebraska Legislature is expected to begin hearings on gun safety this week. Among other things, LB 958 would require gun sellers to make sure guns have either a gun or trigger lock. It would also establish a gun violence commission to study the incidents of violence.