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Police arrest 4 in 23-year-old's slaying in South Omaha

Police arrest 4 in 23-year-old's slaying in South Omaha

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A man, who himself has twice been shot, killed a friend at a South 24th Street gathering last week, Omaha police said Friday.

Kevin Mejia, 22, is among four who were booked Friday in connection with the shooting-slaying of Jose Fabila, 23.

The killing occurred at about 4 a.m. Oct. 18 at 3714 S. 24th St.

Mejia, who appears in Facebook photos with other men using hand gestures identifying them as members of the Must Be Criminals gang, was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Jessica Gusman, 21, with whom he has a child, was booked on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony, as was Matteo Kundra, 19, police said.

James Vega, 23, was booked on suspicion of shooting at an occupied dwelling, police said.

None has been charged.

Fabila was standing with his back to a kitchen window in the moments before he was shot dead as he gathered with friends. A person who was with him when he was slain said he heard several shots coming from an alley behind the house. The kitchen at the back of the house has windows facing the alley connecting B and C Streets.

Police have said Mejia told them he was shot in 2012 and 2013 as he walked outside.

On July 5, 2012, Mejia was near 13th and Martha Streets when he confronted people in a vehicle who were yelling at him, police have said. One of the people shot Mejia as he ran away.

On July 14, 2013, a person in a black Cadillac drove by and fired several shots at Mejia as he walked near 28th Street and Poppleton Avenue. He was shot once in his left hand.

World-Herald staff writer Jay Withrow contributed to this report.

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