Mourning A Loss, While Celebrating New Life

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

It has been a roller coaster of emotion for an Omaha family. With the joy of welcoming a new baby, they are also dealing with great heartache. The baby's father was murdered last year and they recently found out the charges against the murder suspect have been dropped.

Lorraine Richards looks at her beautiful new granddaughter, Laylionna. She's just two days old. While holding the baby, she can't help but see parts of her son. "I see the tiny eyes. The nose definitely. He has no nose bridge and it just flares out right here and the head shape. She also has his toes. Her second toe is longer than the big toe."

Sadly, Laylionna will never get to meet her father, Shamari Richards. Shamari was shot and killed on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge back in May. His girlfriend was pregnant at the time. "It's hard, it's very very hard for her to come up and be fatherless. For her to never get
to see him. It's just wrong," said Lorraine.

Terrece Cox had been charged in Shamari's death and his trial was set to begin Monday, but on Friday the County Attorney's Office said because of uncooperative witnesses the charges have been dropped. "Someone was supposed to be held responsible for murdering my son, so I feel very angry and sad inside."

The family that was hoping to finally get justice, is now left wondering, how could this happen? "Something needs to be said. Someone needs to come forward and I want justice to be served."

The family believes the reason the witnesses didn't want to speak out is because of fear of retaliation. Cox is now out of jail because the charges have been dropped.

There was another arrest in this case, Billy Kellogg. He was charged with being an accessory to a felony.

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