In a cold drizzle Monday evening, about a dozen people gathered to mark the death of 24-year-old Tyler Johnson, the city’s fifth homicide victim of the year and the fourth to die by gunfire.
Johnson died Saturday morning outside a home near 46th Street and Camden Avenue.
According to police, no one called to report the shooting. Instead, police were drawn to the scene by the department’s ShotSpotter network, which picks up the sound of gunfire and determines the location.
Several of Johnson’s friends joined ministers and community members Monday in their prayers to stop the violence on Omaha’s streets.
“He didn’t deserve this,” said a woman whose children were friends with Johnson. “He was a good kid. You just don’t know what’s going to happen when you step outdoors.”
The woman, who declined to provide her name, said two of her family members have also been slain.
“You get tired, but you just keep going,” she said.
Monday’s rain seemed to symbolize the occasion, evoking the tears of a community, the Rev. James Hunter said.
After most homicides, the First Responders Prayer Walk group gathers at the scene to say prayers and offer support to the victim’s friends and family and the community.
“This is for the neighborhood, and the community as well,” the Rev. Bruce Williams said at the start of the gathering. “Tyler was ... a young man. It is always a tragedy when we have young men dying in our community.”