Murder victim Trent Stutheit had 'heart of gold'

Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 19:54:24-04

A 29-year-old Omaha man is dead and his family grieving tonight after somebody shot and killed Trent Stutheit at 26th and Hamilton Sunday night.

The day after, 3 News Now learned more about Stutheit and family members said he was we're told he went to the beat of his own drum, was a deep thinker and had a heart of pure gold.

Which makes his family wonder why someone would ever want to kill him.

“There's not a way I can tell her that she's never going to see him again,” said Stutheit’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Schulte.  

Schulte is in shock right now-and doesn't know why this happened to him.

“It just seems so surreal right now,” said Schulte.

According to OPD, just after 8pm Sunday night-officers found Stutheit on the ground at this parking lot near 26th and Hamilton with a gunshot wound. Medics transported him to the hospital where he later died.

Schulte doesn't know why he would be in that area, “I'm assuming  him and his buddy went out drinking but why they were out on 26th and Hamilton, running from someone with a gun-have no idea.”

For area neighbors, they were shocked this murder happened next to what they call a quiet senior living facility.

“I was just so dumbfounded,” said Betty Sanders.

“There's really not a lot of a trouble around here, not at all and so it was really shocking,” said Susan Means.

“It's this violence that has Schulte confused that someone would kill a loving father.

“There's nothing he could have done or anything that someone could have done for you to take a life from someone,” said Schulte, “It breaks my heart to know that she's not going to grow up with him  you know, she's always going to wonder why-why did my daddy leave me why can't I see him anymore.”

OPD does not have any suspects in custody and don't have a description of any potential suspects.

If you have any information you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 402-444-STOP.