Group Prays for Omaha Community to Step Up & Speak Out
Group Prays for Omaha Community to Step Up & Speak OutPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Jul. 24, 2013
Omaha, NE - "Something got to give."
Huddled together on the corner of 18th and Willis, a small group embraced a mourning family.
"He was, helping the next person. Anything he got, you needed, he would give it to you."
Yolanda Peters is talking about her nephew, Jhonte Peters. Peters was shot and killed on Monday. It's the latest fatal shooting and Omaha's 24th homicide this year.
"I think what it's gonna take people getting fed up, people just getting tired of, it happening in their community."
At the First Responders prayer vigil the message is clear. Prayers go to the Omaha community to step up and be brave.
"Probably a lot of those unsolved homicides, people know who it is, but it's just a matter of, people having the courage to step forward and not being afraid."
Half of the city's homicides, this year, have been solved. While police are still investigating the rest, Yolanda Peters knows they can't do it alone.
"Community really do need to step up. You know how can you protect somebody, or get justice if the community is not speaking on it?"
Tired of the killings and fed up with the violence, Peters is sickened by it all.
"Put them on an island!! Something got to give!! This got to cease. Cause it's pathetic, you can't. How can you take someone's life? Whoever did it, I forgive you. Cause I'm not the one you got to answer to."