Thursday, February 24, 2011

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: 5:30-6:00 PM, Friday Feb 25th at 39th & Bedford

Media reports: Wednesday just after 5:30 a.m. 25-year-old Willie Longmore of Omaha was found in the street near 39th and Bedford with a gunshot wound to the head and died Wednesday night. Police are trying to determine if he was shot there or later brought to the neighborhood. Residents told news reporters that they heard arguing and at least six shots fired.

Our 6th homicide in 2011 was in a high gang area we PrayerWalked six times in 2008-9 following three homicides in 2008, almost nightly gunfire, and where a little girl was hit by gunfire coming through the walls of her home. In 2009-10 there were no homicides in this area and neighborhood watch leaders told me that the neighborhood became much more peaceful following the PrayerWalks. This is one of those strategic areas where we need to see an Adopt-A-Block ongoing prayer presence.

Directions: At 5:30 PM we will meet on the corner of 39th & Bedford. Willie was found a few houses north and we will move down there if there is enough room. Best parking will be on 39th Street just to the south of Bedford. Weather forecast is for 20° and possible flurries.

Thank You for your faithfulness to help reduce violence in our community.

Blessings, Dave Gehrls

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