Kristina Young told her daughter, JaKela Foster, not to attend the party Friday night or any of the “turn ups” Young had heard about.
“I didn’t think that it was something she should have been doing,” said Young, 48. “All it takes is one person. Bullets don’t have names on them.”
Foster told her mother she wasn’t going to attend, but she ultimately decided to go, Young said.
Gunfire erupted at the party early Saturday, striking 19-year-old Foster and seven others at a house at 3402 Parker St. Foster died at the scene, as did Latecia Fox, 24. Cameron R. Harris, 26, died hours later.
Foster, the mother of 1-year-old Jay’Ceon, worked in customer service at DialAmerica.
“She was a young but a good mother. She was a wonderful daughter,” Young said of her only daughter. “I’m heartbroken, and I’m going to be for the rest of my life.”
Young has requested police presence at her daughter’s visitation and funeral service, scheduled for today and Friday. She said she witnessed the “chaos” at the Nebraska Medical Center early Saturday after the shootings and didn’t want any problems at Foster’s memorial services.
“I have asked these kids to be respectful,” Young said. “If anyone comes and starts acting up, they will be arrested.”
Young hopes the killers will soon be arrested and said she has faith in the Police Department. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer called her after the shooting, Young said.
Later she called back and told Schmaderer that she was impressed with his officers’ efforts Saturday and their intent on solving the case.
“He has done everything that he has promised to do,” Young said. “I am certain that he is diligently going to find (the suspects).”
DeSean Young said he will miss his younger sister, who was always smiling and enjoyed doing her friends’ hair.
Even with 10 years between them, the siblings were “inseparable,” he said.
“I’m taking it day by day.”
Visitation for Foster will be at Braman Mortuary, 1702 N. 72nd St., today from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Kingdom Builders Christian Center, 4039 Charles St.
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