Omaha police have released the name of Friday's shooting victim. Now the community is coming together in response to the violence.
Gun shots rang out in this neighborhood Friday afternoon ending 17 year old Brandin Princole's life. Police say when officers arrived they found him wounded and suffering at the curb. While at the hospital, he surrendered to his injuries and passed away. Those who knew him say it's a devastating loss. "It makes me sad, it's another young person who had a lot of potential. A young person who was a really nice kid who we had some relations with. We know that he had a lot of great things in his heart. It's sad for me to hear, to see that another young person is not able to reach their potential," Resident Deb Johnson says.
Neighbor Brenda Taylor says, "I don't have any kids and I don't know, I guess I'm the neighborhood fuss. I fuss at all the kids and I'm gonna miss fussing and looking at Brandin. Ya know, it's just really sad that violence is taking over our neighborhood and our streets and not much is being done about it."
Now the neighborhood is taking action and responding to the violence in a prayerwalk. A way to remember Brandin, comfort his family, and reunite the community thru prayer. "I feel God calling me to just come and pray for the children of our city and I love North Omaha, I love the people in this community. I just want to support it in prayer and support it in the work I do in the community and just want to be a part of a change for the better," Johnson says.
Princole is the 30th homicide victim this year in Omaha and the second to die of a gun shot wound in this neighborhood alone. Residents pray the violence ends. Neighbor Joyce Preston-Kilgore says, "We all need to pull together. Stop the violence somewhere, it's gotta stop somewhere, we're losing so many of our kids out here on the streets and bonding and pulling together that's one way to help stop it."
"The community should come together and strengthen each other when we're up, down, good or bad, we should be together no matter what," Taylor says.
A community brought closer thru loss, standing together against violence.
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