Woman shot outside west Omaha nightclub was preschool teacher with a 'gentle soul' - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 9:41 am
Woman shot outside west Omaha nightclub was preschool teacher with a 'gentle soul'

Janee Hadan's infectious smile and positive outlook made other people feel better whenever she walked into a room.

Those attributes made Hadan an excellent preschool teacher, said Jane Happe, executive director of the Educare Center of Omaha. Hadan, shot and killed early Sunday, had worked at the Educare location at 2123 Paul St. for about two years, Happe said.

Hadan, 24, died at Creighton University Medical Center after being shot about 1:50 a.m. Sunday in a Roxbury Plaza parking lot near 108th and Q Streets. Two men also injured in the shooting, Gary M. Lockett, 30, and Brandon D. Patterson, 23, were in fair condition at Creighton, a hospital spokeswoman said.

“She was a gentle but very energetic person,” Happe said. “Janee just walking into a room made you feel good. She had an infectious smile, and she was really committed to her kids.”

A candlelight vigil was held outside Educare on Monday night to honor Hadan. Her grandmother Suzi Hadan said attendees were encouraged to donate school supplies to Educare in the teacher's name.

“Janee loved the kids, and she was always taking supplies with her to school,” Suzi Hadan said. “Donating school supplies is a great way to honor her.”

Suzi Hadan said her granddaughter preferred nights spent at home but had gone to the Passion Lounge at 10841 Q St. with two girlfriends Saturday night for a rare night out.

Janee Hadan was the first person out of the door as the three were leaving.

“Her girlfriends told me that everything was fine and that Janee was just walking ahead when someone in a car started shooting,” Suzi Hadan said. “They said Janee started to run, but she ran the wrong way. She was already on the ground when her friends got to her.”

Hadan was taken to the hospital by Omaha Fire Department paramedics. Lockett was taken to Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Patterson went to Lakeside Hospital in private vehicles. Both were later transferred to Creighton.

Suzi Hadan said her granddaughter, the mother of a 3-year-old boy, didn't have any enemies.

“Janee was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Suzi Hadan said. “She was a very gentle soul who everybody loved. This had to be an accident, because everyone loved her.”

Officer Michael Pecha, an Omaha police spokesman, asked that anyone with information call the homicide unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 402-444-7867, where tipsters remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Contact the writer: Kevin Cole

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Kevin Cole covers workings of police, courts and government and writes features about interesting subjects in Omaha and the surrounding counties.

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