As the search continues for the party responsible for the weekend murder of a 20-year-old woman near Gene Leahy Mall, community groups continue to tackle youth violence.
On Wednesdays, some of Omaha Police Department's top officials, religious leaders, and nonprofits meet to work to help reduce violence among youth, specifically in North Omaha. When tragedy strikes like it did on Saturday, their efforts become critical - especially as violence spikes during the summer months.
At a press conference on Monday, OPD Chief Todd Schmaderer said there were 21 shootings in Omaha during the month of May. Just five days into June, there's already been nearly as many shootings as there were in March and April combined.