A 33-year-old man who died of gunshot wounds early Monday in Omaha was the family comedian while growing up in North Carolina, his mother said in a telephone interview.
Jhonte J. Peters died at the Nebraska Medical Center. Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said someone called 911 about 12:35 a.m. to report hearing multiple gunshots in the area of 18th Street and Willis Avenue.
Officers found Peters, suffering from at least one gunshot wound, in an alley. He was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. No arrests had been announced.
The victim's mother, Baretta Peters of Winston-Salem, N.C., said her son will be buried there Saturday after a service at Gilmore's Funeral Home. Condolences may be mailed to the family via the funeral home at 1609 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105.
Baretta Peters said her son graduated from Parkland High School in Winston-Salem and served jail time there for several incidents of assault, burglary and robbery. He moved to Omaha about six years ago and lived with relatives.
“What I can tell you about my son is that he was a loved and respected individual with a great sense of humor,” she said. “He was a great comedian who would always keep our family going.”
Jhonte Peters spent time in Nebraska Department of Correctional Services facilities on two occasions. He was convicted of felony burglary in 2010 and of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon — a BB gun — in 2012.
Omaha police officials told the Peters family they don't have much to go on in trying to solve the city's 24th homicide of 2013.
“They don't know if it was crime- or drug-related or even a drive-by shooting,” Baretta Peters said. “I don't know what happened with (Jhonte). Sometimes people tend to hang out with the wrong crowd and do the wrong things.”
Peters said her son was a “little guy,” about 5-foot-3 and 155 pounds.
“Jhonte lived (in Omaha) almost six years,” she said. “Now it's time to bring my little guy home.”
In addition to his mother, Peters is survived by his father, Charlie Oakes; a brother and a sister; both sets of grandparents; and a 6-year-old daughter, who lives in North Carolina.