Three people were killed and five others wounded after a shooting at a home near 34th and Parker Streets. The family of one of the homicide victims, 19-year-old JaKela Foster, said they are heartbroken and in disbelief.
"To go around shooting into a crowd of people, it takes people's children. It just needs to stop and now my grandson is left with no mother," said Kristina Young, Foster's mother. Foster leaves behind a 1-year-old son, who her family said she adored.
Foster's family members gathered outside the crime scene for hours, crying and embracing each other as they waited to get answers from investigators. The longer they waited, the more the loss sunk in.
"They took that away from us. They took that away from my nephew, from me, from my mom, and for what? For territory that doesn't even belong to you? For some rivalry? It's ridiculous," said Desean Young, Foster's brother.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said in an afternoon press conference Saturday that the violence was gang-related. He said there were 40 to 50 people at a house party in an unoccupied house.
The targets of the gunfire were unclear, but Foster's mother said she warned her daughter not to go to the party earlier in the week, fearing past violence in the area. But she said Foster went anyway, and did not tell her that she was going.
"When she left my house last night she told me she was going somewhere completely different so when I got the call at 1:45, yeah it's hard, because I asked her not to," said Young. Fighting tears she offered this warning to other teens: "Maybe you need to listen to your parents when they try to give you advice because parents should not have to bury their children."
Foster said she hopes investigators will quickly find the person or people responsible for the shooting.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.