Do you have information on a shooting or homicide in Omaha? The reward for tips that lead to an arrest are growing substantially.
On Wednesday, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced that a generous donation, from someone who wishes to remain anonymous, will increase the reward in shootings to $10,000 and $25,000 for homicides.
The families of several victims were on hand for the announcement.
In 1999, during an outbreak of robberies in Omaha, the Nebraska Bankers Association and the Peter Kiewit Foundation offered $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of robbery suspects. Just recently, when five-year-old Peyton Benson was shot and killed by a stray bullet, reward money for her killers was increased.
Now police are again hoping that by offering more reward money, more people will call in with more information.
Shalanda Orr says her son was playing basketball when he was shot and killed near 29th and Parker. She's been waiting for years to find a suspect.
“I think this really will work,” she said. “This is a big step. It's been seven years since I lost my child so it's really hard. I would like it to be solved. I'll do anything for this to be solved.”
For David Bivins, the pain is still fresh. His son David Taplett was shot and killed outside of a local bar just a few days ago and Bivens is hopeful someone will step up with information
He said, “I guess it's a good thing. It's a good thing. If it helps, I'll take it."
Families of victims are hoping that in this case money can buy some peace of mind and make Omaha a safer place to live.
The increased reward money comes from anonymous donors. Crime Stoppers officials say the larger rewards are now a permanent part of the program.