A South Omaha neighborhood that property owners hope to upgrade was shaken this weekend when a man was found slain in a vehicle parked there.
The man, discovered Friday about 9:40 p.m., was identified Saturday as Julius B. Vaughn, 19. He was fond in a car parked near an apartment building at 23rd and Vinton Streets.
Laura Sherman, who owns numerous rental units in that area, said she and at least one other owner nearby are improving their properties.
“We’re trying hard to make this area nice, but when this happens ... Yeah, it’s sad,” Sherman said.
Sherman said she fixes the interiors of her rental units when a tenant leaves. Down the street, another property owner is making major renovations to several houses.
The area is residential but on the edge of a business district that includes an auto parts store, a strip shopping area, a Walgreens and many other businesses.
Police released few details on the killing.
Vaughn was arrested in June near 25th and Wirt Streets for possessing a stolen firearm and obstructing an officer. He served 45 days in jail, according to Douglas County court records.
He was one of three men arrested in October 2012 on suspicion of attempted robbery outside a Denny’s restaurant near 84th and Grover Streets, but prosecutors declined to file a charge.
Vaughn also was in the juvenile court system on charges of marijuana possession and shoplifting, according to court records. He was sent to Boys Town in 2009 and ran away. He was placed at the Kearney youth center earlier this year.
Officer James Shade, an Omaha police spokesman, asked anyone with information on the killing to call police at 402-444-5652.
Anonymous information can be offered to Crime Stoppers at 402-444-7867 or via omahacrimestoppers.net; by sending the information and the acronym OPD in a text message to 274637; or by using the mobile application Tip Submit.
World-Herald staff writer Roseann Moring contributed to this report.