Nearly two hundred North Omaha Community Members came together Thursday Night to hold a peace walk to honor and remember loved ones killed in unsolved homicides. The family members said they hope taking to the streets will get someone, who knows something, to step up and come forward.
Those in attendance came to Fontenelle Park with signs, balloons, banners, shirts, and wristbands showing who they lost, and who they were walking in remembrance for. Most of the victims were killed by gun violence. their families say they have no idea who committed the crimes, but are searching for answers everyday.
The event began with a meeting in the park parking lot, where family memebers and walkers said a prayer. The walk was organized by Barbara Robinson and Buffy Bush. Sept. 12th marked the two year anniversary of her sister Jameila Hesseltine.
Bush spoke to the crowd and said, "For the families of the fallen may god give you some piece of mind, cause I pray for it everyday. Today mars two years that my baby was taken from me and her two beautifuyl children... two years marks today that its still unsolved, and two years marks the day that we still have questions unanswered."
She also said, "Our community has come to where we would rather turn a blind eye and look the other way than see justice served …so my point here today is to bring everyone together who has been affected by this violence."
Barbara Robinson organized the event in hopes of bringing awareness to unsolved homicides. She said she knows the feeling of being left without answers all too well. "My brother James Moss...I found him dead Oct. 19, 2012. I had a brother, Michael Moss, that was shot December 13, 1998, and my father James Moss was carjacked in 1994 and shot.
Another family left searching for answers in the death of a loved one was the Lewis Family. The Lewis's told Channel 6 they lost their son, Jacquez Lewis, in February 2013.
The organizers said they plan to hold a peace walk once a month in the park. They said they invited Omaha Police and Mayor Stothert to the event. The Mayors office, however, told Channel 6 News neither of them were invited. The community members said they are hopeful they will show at the next event.