A onetime gang member once convicted for selling crack and powdered cocaine was found dead Friday inside an Omaha home.
James M. Moss Jr., 37, was slain, police said.
Officers responded about 2:30 p.m. to a report of a person down at a house near 18th and Manderson Streets. They found Moss' body, said Officer James Shade, a police spokesman.
Shade did not provide a cause or approximate time of death. He also would not say if police believe Moss was killed at 1826 Manderson St., the house where he was found.
He said the investigation was incomplete.
Federal law enforcement authorities have said previously that Moss was a member of the Crips gang, although they did not specify the sect.
Moss was released from prison in late 2005 after serving about three years for a conviction in a cocaine distribution case.
He also pleaded no contest in a drug sales case in Douglas County District Court.
Moss is a brother of Barbara Robinson, who is affiliated with Impact One Community Connection, an Omaha anti-violence group.
The discovery of Moss' body drew a collection of political officials to the scene.
City Council member Ben Gray was there with his wife, Omaha School Board President Freddie Gray. State Sen. Brenda Council and Empowerment Network president Willie Barney also were there.
Moss' killing is the 32nd homicide in the city this year.
Shade said anyone with information regarding the case should contact a detective at 402-444-5652. If a tipster wants to remain anonymous, he should contact Crime Stoppers at 444-7867.
World-Herald staff writer Sam Womack contributed to this report.
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