Teen on life-support, family seeks justice

Published: Sep. 24, 2017 at 11:06 PM CDT
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An Omaha mom wants justice after her daughter was shot during a violent weekend. Porcha Hill says her daughter, 15-year-old Shadaisja Hill, is fighting for her life.

On Saturday, Omaha Police said the teen had died. They're investigating the case as a homicide.

Porcha told WOWT 6 News the Omaha North sophomore is on life support. She’s desperate for police to find the suspect – a woman known to the family.

Police said the shooting happened around 2 a.m. Saturday at 36th & Lake. Porcha was dropping her sister off at her car while her kids waited inside their truck.

A short time later, they heard gunshots.

"When I realized that my baby was shot, I hit 100 to the hospital. I didn't wait. I didn't call no police," she said.

Omaha Police say 25-year-old Catessa Barnum is the suspect connected to the case. Hill says she had issues with Barnum in the past but she thought they'd put it behind them.

"If anybody knows Dae Dae, they know Dae Dae didn't deserve that,” said the victim’s cousin Sherika Shelly.

Family says the 15-year-old Omaha North sophomore is someone who has always loved life and someone whose positive nature shines.

"Her smile, her face, her around the house. No matter where she's at, she's going to talk to everybody, show everybody love,” said cousin Sierra Hill.

As Porcha takes things day-by-day she can't help but watch her daughter knowing what she has been through.

"I just miss my baby. This wasn't supposed to happen. This situation is all messed up,” she said.

While police continue looking for the suspect, Shadaisja's family makes their feelings clear.

“My conscience would have told me to turn myself in, period. Especially watching this little girl up there,” said Porcha.

If you have information about the incident, you're urged to contact the Homicide Unit at 444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 402 444-STOP. Anyone providing a tip leading to the suspect in this case is eligible for a $5,000 reward.