Sunday, January 25, 2015

Omaha prayer march for murder victims ends in shoving and shouting

Omaha's skyline
This is not how prayer walks are supposed to go.

From the Omaha World-Herald:
A peaceful prayer walk descended into shoving and shouting Sunday afternoon, as the weekend shooting deaths of three young people aroused anger, fear and suspicion among some of the participants.

The trouble began, witnesses said, when a man said to be the father of victim Jakela Foster's 1-year-old child began arguing with someone who he believed knew what happened early Saturday when Foster was killed.
Omaha police officers in at least nine squad cars rushed to the scene at 3:45 p.m., about 45 minutes into the event. They dispersed the crowd that until then had been praying together and consoling one another.

"Go home," officers told the crowd as people screamed, cried and ran through neighboring yards, fearful that gunfire might erupt.

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