2-year-old loses both parents to gun violence

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 23:05:25-05

A young boy left without his mother and father because of separate Omaha killings.  The collateral damage from the most recent metro murder could be just as tragic.

At about 10:45am Wednesday police responded to a shooting near 16th & Victor Ave.  Jarrell Haynes, 22, is rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later dies.

Haynes has two young sons and one of them, Jay’Ceon Foster, is now left without any parents.  The 2 ½ year-old's mother, Jakela Foster, was shot and killed at a January 2015 house party at 34th & Parker St.

Jakela's mother, Kristina Young, has custody of young Jay’Ceon and says it's hard to describe the pain she's feeling.

"It was just total disbelief, I'm still dealing with the loss of my daughter and then now having to deal with the loss of his father it's really heartbreaking because now he has no parents.  Both parents are now gone almost within a year of each other, and so it's really sad it's really hard for us," Young explained.

Extended interview: Grandmother of boy whose parents were both lost to gun violence speaks

Leticia Fox and Cameron Harris were also killed in the 34th & Parker St. murders.  Several others were injured, and dozens of witnesses were in attendance.  No one has been arrested for their murders.

Young says without witnesses and the community willing to come forward the violence won't stop.

"As a result of people not speaking up, as a result of the violence that's going on this child is left with neither a mother nor father now and that's bad,” Young described.

Young says the people who've committed these murders have no idea what it does to families, and to young Jay’Ceon, who won't ever hug his parents again.

"Eventually a time is going to come that I'm going to have to be the one to tell him that both of your parents are gone and the manner in which both parents were taken.  So that weighs on my mind a lot that's probably going to be quite a bit of time before I have to deal with it," Young concluded.

Police haven't announced any arrests in Wednesday's homicide.  If you have information contact the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-7867.

A fund has been set up for the 2 ½ year-old.  You can donate to the Jay’Ceon Foster Benefit Account at any Sac Federal Credit Union.

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