From the beginning, Payton’s mother, Tabatha Manning has grieved for her daughter while preaching forgiveness.
She echoed that sentiment Wednesday after hearing news of the new charges in the case.
At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Tabatha said, “There’s no anger. There really isn’t. I’m sad. And, you know, I’m going to miss her but there’s no reason to hold onto it because that would hold me back from doing what I need to do for my other kids. And I really, yeah, it’s, I have, it’s just gone. I can’t be angry about it because they’re children themselves.
“If they feel like they’re living a hard enough life that they feel like they need to protect themselves with weapons like that then we as a society might not be doing our jobs to make them feel the love that they need to walk out of their house unarmed and feel safe and protected.”
Payton’s great uncle, Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray, said, “There’s no winners in this.” He said if the men are found guilty, there are four families that are going to be suffering, “and it’s not going to bring Payton back.”
The four men charged in Payton’s death are expected in court on Thursday.