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North Omaha community prays for the Dalton family

North Omaha community prays for the Dalton family

OMAHA,NE(FOX42KPTM)-Pastors and dozens of people from the Omaha community continue to show support for the Dalton family. A prayer walk was held Thursday evening to remember 18-year-old Leonna Dalton Phillip and her grandparents, John and Jean Dalton.

"My sister Jean, she was always so strong for us. Anyone pass in our family, we all leaned on Jean so we are trying to be as strong as her," Midge McDaniel said. She's Jean's sister.

Leonna and her grandparents lives were cut short after they were shot and killed Tuesday evening. Police say John Dalton Jr. was the one who fired the gun.

"If I can get to JJ I'm pretty sure he will tell me what made him do that," McDaniel said.

McDaniel was just with Jean and John for Christmas. She says everything seem to be fine between John Jr. and his parents.

"I just want to know why, his mom was his backbone.She did everything for him," McDaniel said. "I still don't believe it. It was shocking news, we're a tight family."

She says the healing process starts now.

"We have a lot of support so we've just been supporting each other and trying to get through this tragic event."

"It's going to be hard, we're trying to get through it one day at a time."

Leonna's sister, Arrionna Mitchell, says her life will never be the same.

"I never thought I would be here mourning the death of my only older sister," she said. "I can't imagine growing up without my older sister. "

The family released a statement:

"The Dalton family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone that has shown their sympathy and support through this traumatic time. We are humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of love and will not soon forget it. Our family has experienced heart-shattering grief, but we will not be broken. John, Jean, and Leonna were examples of love and strength personified and we will continue to live by those values."

If you would like to donate, the family has set up a GOFUNDME page.


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