Community members joined together Monday night to mourn the loss of Dominique Hollie who was shot to death last Friday.
Dominique's mother Robyn said she wants to drive home the senseless loss of young lives in the community.
She said, “He was a young man that lost his life for no reason. We don't need no more death. We don't need no more kids losing their lives for nothing."
Robyn Hollie says her son was an A and B student and was on the honor roll. He first attended Benson High School before transferring to Northwest High earlier this year.
The suspect in the shooting death has been identified by Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine as 17-year-old Christopher D. Spears, a student at Northwest High School.
Kleine says 17-year-old Dominique was shot at close-range by a shotgun. The shooting occurred February 21st, in the basement of a home, near 54th and Spaulding.
According to Kleine, Hollie, Spears, and other friends were hanging out when Spears made a sexual comment about Hollie's sister. Hollie went into his room and brought out a sawed-off shotgun. Kleine said he returned to the group and said something to Spears, then took the gun back to his room.
The back-and-forth continued between Hollie and Spears. Kleine said eventually, Spears went into the bedroom and grabbed the gun. He allegedly told Hollie, "I'm going to shoot you."
Hollie's mother told WOWT 6 News she doesn't understand; the victim and suspect were good friends and classmates. She and Dominique have only been in Omaha the last two years. They moved to the area from Mississippi to help care for a sick relative.
Dominique’s body will be returned to his hometown of Terry, Mississippi for a Saturday funeral.
Robyn said, “He was up here with my mom and dad. He didn’t want to come back home. He wanted to stay here and go to school finish his school year. My baby was in the 10th grade on the honor roll. Wanted to finish school out here, so I let him stay.”
Robyn is trying to make sense of the death of her oldest son; the first of 11 children.
“He was a good kid,” she said. “My child lost his life for no reason. I don’t know why he lost his life.”
Authorities say they don’t know where the sawed-off shotgun came from or who owned the weapon. The case is still under investigation.