An Omaha father of two died at the hospital three days after he was shot by intruders inside his south Omaha home.
Gary G. Rice, 29, was with his 3-year-old son and his son's mother when he was shot Sunday night, family members said.
Police have said two suspects forced their way into 1321 S. 21st St., where Rice rented a room, and shot him.
Rice was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he died early Wednesday, police said.
“He's had a troubled life,” said Rice's mother, Pat Rice.
Rice struggled with drugs and alcohol use, but he was a caring son and wonderful father to his boys, Jace and Dakota, she said.
“He was the kind of guy who would give you a hug and tell you he loved you,” his mother said.
Gary Rice was adopted by Pat and Bob Rice when he was 9 years old. He spent most of his early childhood in south Omaha before moving to the Rice's Plattsmouth, Neb., home.
He was on disability and not working at the time of his slaying, his mother said.
Rice wasn't involved in a gang, Pat Rice said, but had friends and family members with gang associations.
Rice's half-brother, Andrew Galligo, was killed in June 2010, Pat Rice said. The 19-year-old was shot and killed in the parking lot at 24th and Vinton Streets by two people who instigated the confrontation by flashing gang signs. A man and woman were convicted last year in Galligo's death.
Galligo's family members said the teen was not involved in a gang.
Pat Rice said she understands that someone with information about her son's death might be afraid to speak to police out of fear to retaliation.
But she said she hopes witnesses to all of Omaha's “senseless murders” will come forward and assist law enforcement.
Gary Rice is the city's 28th homicide victim this year. \