Omaha South ninth-grader dies after shooting

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Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 8:46 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2021 at 9:39 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police confirmed Thursday morning that a 14-year-old girl died after being shot Wednesday night.

They believe after Isabella Santiago was shot at 37th and P streets around 9 p.m., someone drove her to an Omaha Fire Station near 25th and L streets to seek help. Isabella was then transported to the Nebraska Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Omaha Public Schools verified Thursday afternoon that she was a ninth-grader at Omaha South High School, sharing the following information with student families:

Dear South High Families:

We are deeply saddened to share that one of our students, Isabella Santiago, has died. Isabella was a ninth-grade student here. We have been in contact with Isabella’s family to share our heartfelt sympathy.

We are sending this communication because your student may have known Isabella and may be affected by this news.

We encourage you to be especially sensitive and prepared to offer support to your student during this time. Grief affects everyone differently. Your child may want to talk to you about their feelings. Sometimes students exhibit behavior changes, loss of concentration, physical complaints or regression. These are common reactions associated with the grieving process. Talking about feelings and listening attentively can help students cope.

If you have any concerns, please contact me by email through the winter recess, or call our office at (531) 299-2780 beginning Monday, Jan. 3. Thank you for your concern at this difficult time.

Principal Jodi Pesek
Omaha Public Schools confirmed Thursday that the 14-year-old victim of an overnight shooting was a ninth-grader at Omaha South High School.

Can you help?

Police are urging anyone with information about the shooting to call the Omaha Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656, Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP, or leave a tip on the Omaha Crime Stoppers website or via the P3 Tips mobile app.

Tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a $25,000 reward.

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