The family of Omaha's latest murder victim says he was shot down in his yard right in front of his two teenage boys. The killing of 35-year-old Creighton Greene is the city's third in four days.
It’s an all too common scene in Omaha, another murder investigation, another family left with an emotional loss. “No one, no one deserves to go through this, no one," says Greene's mother Mary Witcher.
Greene's sons said they called their dad for help after some men with guns came to the house near 33rd and Laurel Avenue. Greene told them to leave and was shot just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.
Neighbors reported hearing an argument before the shots were fired. "This city is overran by drugs, it's overran," says Witcher. "There is not a family that has not been touched and the violence that's come with it."
Greene's mother says unfortunately this isn't the first tragedy for the family. “My children have seen more of their schoolmates and friends die and that's not natural, that's not natural."
Witcher says her own son survived a shooting in 1996, then a year-and-a-half in prison. “I raised him, whatever you do you accept the consequences for your actions."
Greene's family says he gave up the gang lifestyle and worked several jobs to support his 13 children. “My son was a blessing, he was a gift from God," says Witcher.
Witcher has lived in Omaha her entire life and says it wasn't long ago when gun violence was rare, even for adults. But society has changed. “You had a child gettin' out of control you didn't beat him to death, but you whipped their butt and they were better for it."
This mother says the only way to turn the violence around is lots of prayer and discipline. "And the community coming together saying enough is enough," says Witcher. It's time for us to take our city back."
Police haven't made any arrests in Greene's murder or the other two homicides. Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 444-5656.