Third Suspect Arrested In Murder Case

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A third suspect has been arrested for the murder of a man found dead in his Omaha apartment last Sunday night.

Nineteen-year-old Jaquez Clifton was taken into custody Wednesday for first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in the shooting death of 59-year-old Frank Sanders. His body was found at South 33rd and Howard streets just after 11 p.m.

Scott Larry and Clifton

Twenty-four-year-old Absalom Scott and 29-year-old Rico Larry were arrested earlier on charges of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Scott was denied bond on Thursday. Bond for Larry, now charged as an accessory, was set at $250,000.

Prosecutors say the two men walked into a back bedroom where Mr. Sanders was and shot him. They say Sanders tried to run after them but collapsed in the hallway.

Frank Sanders was the father of 11 children now mourning his death.

One of his children, Angela Laravie, fought back her tears Thursday as she toured her father's old neighborhood trying to find out more about her dad.

She walked the neighborhood that her father walked, handing out flyers to inform those who knew him of his funeral.

Angela said, “I want to reach everybody that knew my father that I don't know. And I also want to hear their stories so I can take them and hold them in my heart forever.”

Angela says her father was loving, kind and giving and she thought she had more time to spend with him. Time ran out Sunday night.

“I would give anything at this moment in time to be able to go see my daddy after work," she said. "Had I known, you know what I mean. I know there’s people all around the world who feel the same way after they lost a loved one.”

Angela knows her family has to walk a difficult road as they try to understand why their father was taken away from them and they all have questions for their father’s killer.

“You took a father away from 11 children. You took my father from me and I can never have him back. I don't know what you wanted. I don't know what your purpose was but you could have asked me and I would have gladly given it to you or tried to fix what was going on to still have my father here. I know God wants me to forgive you and I will do that in time but that time is not today.”

Anyone with any information concerning this investigation is asked to call the OPD Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or if you need to remain anonymous, contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.

A benefit for funeral expenses will be held in Sanders' memory with food and music from 7 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday at the 13th Street Brickhouse, 2202 South 13th Street in Omaha. Admission is $10. Donations are also being taken online.