While the search for a killer continues, the memories of the victim persist as well. It’s Janee Hadan’s birthday and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Janee was shot and killed in December in the parking lot of a metro bar. She would have been 25-years-old on Friday and a balloon release marked the occasion.
Janee’s sister, Makayla Walker, said, “We all miss her so much. Janee was alive with personality. It's amazing. Every year on her birthday she had the most fun. I wanted to make sure her birthday was celebrated the way she would have celebrated it."
Friends and family, including Janee’s three-year-old son Taevon gathered near a playground where she used to teach pre-school. They released the balloons, “to send them to her in heaven,” Makayla said.
Janee died from stray gunfire as she left the Passion Lounge Night Club at 108th and Q. Two others were hit and survived. Omaha police have not identified the shooter or the intended target.
The family wants to make sure Janee isn't forgotten.
“They don't understand sending the balloons off,” Makayla said of the kids. “They know it's her birthday. They don't understand where she is at but they know she is still here in spirit."
Janee's son didn't want to let go of his balloon.
Omaha police have made a couple of arrests but not for the shooting. Those involve use of Ms. Hadan’s credit cards found at the scene of the shooting.