Benson Student Remembered After Shooting

Liz Dorland

Benson Student Remembered After Shooting

CREATED Oct. 30, 2012

Omaha, NE - The Benson High School junior, killed Tuesday night, was an honor roll student, and Avenue Scholar.  Friends and family of 16-year-old Eriana Carr described her as a girl with a bright future.

Carr is described an outgoing girl with a smile that could light up a room, who always had a positive outlook.  Her mother, Shavon Carr, says she was determined to go to college, but now won't get that chance, "If you knew her then you were going to fall in love with her," said  Carr. "I know she's not coming back.  But it's just going to be hard; I don't know how I'll get through it, with my family mainly.  She was kind of the light of my life."

Just after 8 o'clock Tuesday night, someone shot Eriana and her cousin, 20-year-old Nakia Johnson, near 35th and Reddick Avenue.  Eriana's mother says they walked home and got inside the gate of their yard when someone drove by and shot them many times.  Eriana died at the hospital. Nakia is in stable condition.

At Benson High School, Eriana was an honor roll student and at one point was in basketball and cheerleading. 

In the last few years, three Benson students have been murdered. "The loss of Eriana is truly disheartening,” said Benson Principal Anita Baldwin.  "It can't be a Benson High, South High, or North High thing, it's an Omaha issue and our community needs to come together and figure out how we can stop this."

There will be a Student Peace Movement at Benson High School on Friday for Eriana Carr.

Police have not arrested anyone for this killing.  If you have any information call OPD at 444-7867.

The Eriana Carr Memorial Fund has been set up at any American National Bank to help the family with funeral expenses.