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First 2013 Homicide Worries Some the Violence is Getting Younger

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UPDATE: A benefit account for Jacquez Lewis has been set up with Metro Credit Union. Family says people can donate to the account titled "Jacquez Lewis Benefit" at any Metro Credit Union.

Leah Uko

OMAHA (KPTM) – A family is deeply saddened after a young, Omaha man's promising future was cut short Friday when he was shot and killed.

21-year-old Jacquez Lewis was a brother, nephew, cousin, friend and son. But on February 1st he was none, except a victim.

Omaha Gang Unit Officers were working in the area of 24th and Lothrop Street near Lothrop Social Hall when shots were fired.

They found two wounded victims inside the music venue. Medics took both of them to the Nebraska Medical Center. Lewis died of his injuries.

His death prompted people attending his prayer walk on Sunday to stress one message: stop the violence.

Lewis' father Marc spoke to the crowd of nearly 60.

"Somebody's parent did not guide their child! Did not guide their child!"

Marc told FOX 42's Leah Uko Lewis was visiting friends and planning to see a group performing at the venue Friday.

Lewis was on the wresting team at North High School and later wrestled at Iowa Western Community College. He was studying criminal justice and forensic science.

"It's a shame that you see all our young, black men who are achieving goals in their life just taking out—unnecessarily," Lewis' aunt Yvette Lewis said.

He would have been heading to U.S. Marine Corps in San Diego, California this Thursday to train in boot camp.

"Our citizens. Our community. He was going to risk his life for those murderers that took his life," older cousin, Jennifer Clark said.

Lewis was not the only shooting victim Friday.

Tahfahn Dennis, 20, Omar Williams, 22, and Aleeah Whitcomb, 14, were all wounded.

"I don't have a clue why there was a 14 year old or anybody that age attending this type of function," said Lewis' uncle, James Washington. "My heart is saddened for everybody."

The family worried Omaha's on-going violence is getting younger.

"Grab your kids. Friends, anybody you know that's in trouble. Grab them. Tell them you love them and help them. Guide them," said Marc and wife Ronda.

They hope the community will guide youth to a lifestyle in which they can go to a party or concert without worrying about a deadly ending.

The Omaha Police Department advises anyone with information about this shooting to contact 402-444-STOP.

The investigation is on-going.

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