Service held for Omaha girl killed by stray bullet

Jan 24, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A service has been held for a 5-year-old Omaha girl killed by a stray bullet.

More than 200 people gathered Thursday at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church for Payton Benson. The young girl's picture was on projector screens, a church program and several T-shirts.

The Omaha World-Herald reports Payton's mother, Tabitha Manning, thanked attendees for coming to her daughter's "last party" so they could celebrate her life.

Payton died January 15th after a stray bullet entered her north Omaha home. Authorities say the bullet was connected to a shooting about a block away that involved multiple people, weapons and gunfire.

Several Omaha leaders attended the service, including Mayor Jean Stothert and several city council members.

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