Update: Arrest Made In Murder

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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Police said Saturday an arrest was made in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Brandon Samuels at an Omaha home early Friday morning.

Twenty-three-year-old Laron Jones was booked for first-degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Brandon Samuels

Samuels was wounded in the neck during a party at a residence near North 24th and Ida streets around 2:45 a.m. Samuels was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center where he died.

“There was a girl at the party," said Brandon's sister, Christine Partridge. "Her boyfriend showed up and he was freaking out. He abused her. He was physically abusing her and everything. A couple of fights broke out because of it. The boyfriend was fighting everybody. He pulled a gun and started shooting.”

“He was just up on the porch and some idiot comes to shoot and he was just at the wrong place and the wrong time and got hit," said friend Cody Nichol.

Mark Lewin heard the shots from a block away. “Pop, pop, pop, pop. Pause for awhile, pop, pop. But I had already hit the ground. I was on the floor.”

Family and friends held a vigil for Samuels Friday evening. They stood in a circle with flowers and candles, sharing memories. "He was a wonderful, wonderful son, always helping people out," said his mother. "Even in the end I found that he was an organ donor. So he went out that way, always giving, helping people."

“He turned his life completely around and no matter what, he was never depressed, always happy," said cousin Kylee Rivera.

Samuels was scheduled to stand trial on March 27th for driving through a stop sign, driving on a suspended license and possession of an open container of alcohol. His record included a DUI and felony criminal mischief case in 2011.

Another victim allegedly assaulted in the house was also taken to the hospital. A condition was not disclosed.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP. You can also find a link on the WOWT 6 News Crime Stoppers page.

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