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Family of Omaha man who was fatally shot finds 'a sense of good' through organ donation

Family of Omaha man who was fatally shot finds 'a sense of good' through organ donation

Jade Lea

Jade Lea, 25, was fatally shot March 9. His family remembers him as being sweet and sensitive and as having “a smile that would captivate any room.”

Jade Lea is remembered by his family as being sweet and sensitive and as having “a smile that would captivate any room.”

The 25-year-old Omaha man was fatally shot March 9 near 49th and Miami Streets.

Police responded to the shooting just after 6:40 p.m. Lea was found with a gunshot wound and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he later died.

Lea’s family members were soon told that Lea was a registered organ donor.

“We would have made the decision (to donate his organs) anyway,” Lea’s aunt Tianna Lea-Bonge said. “It gave us a sense of relief, a sense of good coming out of all this.”

Lea-Bonge described her nephew as a “budding model blessed with a brilliant smile.”

“He had a fabulousness about him,” she said. “He had the biggest heart.”

Lea is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Michael Wilkes; uncle Lamont Bilal; and paternal grandfather, Robert Wade.

He is survived by parents Tere’ Lea-Bonge and Darryl Wade; sisters Unique Lea-Bonge and Taejha Reed-Bonge; brothers Carter Lea-Bonge, Tyce Lea-Bonge and Jayden Wade; maternal grandmother, Lori A. Lea-Bonge; paternal grandmother, Emma Wade; aunt Tianna Lea-Bonge; and uncles Ramone Wilkes and Michael Wilkes.

Five people have been arrested in connection with his death. Jermaine Finley, 23, is being held without bail on several charges, including first-degree murder. The others face conspiracy or weapons charges.

A private memorial for Lea is scheduled for March 22.

jwade@owh.com, 402-444-1067

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Jessica Wade covers breaking news, crime and the Omaha zoo. Follow her on Twitter @Jess_Wade_OWH. Phone: 402-444-1067

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