OMAHA(KPTM)- An Omaha mother says hearing about a bus stop mix-up yesterday evening brings back painful memories of the daughter she lost eight years ago. In 2005, Amber Harris, a 7th grader, was kidnapped and murdered on her way home from school.
Melissa Harris vividly remember shielding her daughter inside her coat on the cold November day when she heard her daughter's final words. "I held her by the bus stop and she was inside my coat and the last words she said were 'I love you mom. See you later.'"
Harris said a school bus driver dropped off Amber at the wrong spot on that day. "She was supposed to be dropped off at Lothrop school and she was dropped off about 2 and a half to three blocks away. I don't know if it would have made a difference, but it could have," added Harris.
Amber was abducted while walking home from that stop. Six months later her body was found in a shallow grave near Hummel Park.
After losing Amber. Melissa started an organization called "A Hand to Hold" which focuses on child safety. Part of her mission is pushing schools to make sure students who ride the bus stay safe. "If parents need to come together, if this continues to happen they're going to have to know they can reach our group. Even if we have to go talk to some school officials because this can't keep happening," said Harris.
For more information on A Hand to Hold, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Hand-To-Hold/114565365246012
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