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‘A young man is gone’: Mourners honor 17-year-old slain near 25th Street and Crown Point Avenue

February 28, 2018 GMT

As mourners gathered near the spot where gunfire erupted Sunday afternoon, killing a teen and wounding another, they prayed for peace for the family who will have to bury a child.

About 20 people turned out for a First Responders Prayer Walk near 25th Street and Crown Point Avenue, where police said Zachary R. Parker and Devon Darnell, both 17, were shot Sunday.

Parker, a junior at North High who recently transferred in to the Omaha school district, later died at the hospital. Darnell was treated and released after being shot in the arm.

After the shooting, the teens drove south about 3½ miles before pulling into the driveway of Blackburn High School, 2601 Hamilton St., where police were called. They may have been headed to the emergency room at the Creighton University Medical Center-University Campus, a few blocks farther south at 24th and Cuming Streets.

Pastor Bruce Williams noted that another prayer gathering was held just a few nights ago after Troy Giles was fatally stabbed in South Omaha. Now they were back, just days later, to remember another victim of violence.

“We want to pray that this spike stops and the city settles down,” Williams said.

Pastor James E. Hunter urged community members to come together to comfort one another and work for an end the killings, which tear families and neighborhoods apart.

“A young man is gone,” said Hunter, the community initiatives director for YouTurn, an anti-violence organization. “What are we going to do in Omaha?”

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Omaha police homicide unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP, at omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app. Anyone who provides information that leads to the identification and arrest of a homicide suspect is eligible for a $25,000 reward.