Students Send Anti-Violence Message

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The fourth suspect in an Omaha murder made his initial court appearance Friday while police arrested a fifth suspect.

A judge ordered 38-year-old Francis Cayou be held on $2 million bond. He is charged with first-degree murder and using a weapon to commit a felony.

Prosecutors said Cayou and four others were riding in a van early last Sunday morning when they decided to go into rival gang territory and shoot someone. Sixteen-year-old Montrell Wiseman was killed and 16-year-old Desjuha Wilkinson was injured in the shooting at 21st and Binney. Wiseman's parents say he wasn't in a gang.

Cayou was arrested Wednesday at a bus stop at 56th and Sorenson. He had previously served seven years for manslaughter, according to jail records.

Twenty-year-old Angelo Tolbert has been arrested for first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony. Twenty-year-old Nikole Gamble was also arrested and charged with being an accessory to a felony and harboring a fugitive.

Matthew Saunsoci, Joshua Van Ackeren and Adam Gamble have been charged in the Wiseman murder as well.

Wiseman attended Omaha South High School where Friday student leaders invited student representatives from other schools to give a voice and depth to the anti-violence movement.

“We need to be the generation of businessmen and women,” said South student Tiyonna Crawford. “We can be doctors and lawyers instead of killing each other off. We have to think about our family and what if we lost them."

“Every weekend I hear of somebody else getting shot,” said Benson’s Tyree Peter. “What if that is someone I do know? You’re doing a great thing and I want to thank you for it."

“I'm sorry for you guys, whoever it is you lost,” said Burke’s Jordan Hammond. “Let's just come together."

“When you hear this stuff on the news every day about people dying some people will say it's just another African-American person or black person that died, but when it hits home about someone who really didn't do anything, it hurts,” said South’s Malik Crawford.

Wiseman's fellow basketball players believe they have something to say to the adults who have been saying enough is enough. “We need to make that change,” said South’s Khalil Westbrook. “It starts with us."

After the student leaders got done talking with each other, they came away with a goal to take what they learned here back to their schools. The student leaders at South High organized this youth peace movement on their own.


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