Omaha, Nebraska, is a picturesque city along the Missouri River, close to the State border of Iowa, known for its sprawling landscape, museums and cultural centers. It is a dream vacation spot for families.
Situated in the heart of the city are also the sprawling Spencer Homes Housing Projects built in the 1950s for low-income families. It was in this residential hove that Christopher Dickson was murdered on July 21, 2009.
And more than a decade later, his killer remains free.
Omaha police said the 39-year-old and father of 7 children was on his way home from work when he decided to stopover at Dailey’s Liquor Store off 30th and Spencer Street. He was shot outside the premises, according to KETV Omaha.
Dickson got into his car and attempted to drive-off, but crashed a block away from the scene. Omaha police first responded to a call about a car crash but later found the injured Dickson.
Police have not made any arrest, nor has there been a person of interest. Dickson’s family, in frustration, now hold an annual block party on the anniversary to drum up attention and publicity for the case.
Chief Todd Schmaderer of the Omaha PD expressed one of the challenges of his department for the high rate of unsolved homicides due to lack of evidence, despite the fact that they know who committed the crime when he spoke to Washington Post.
Schmaderer’s predecessor, Chief Thomas Warren, in his effort to bolster the department’s reason for the high rate of unsolved homicides in the low-income area of the city, claims the victims are often not innocent and part of the same gang as the perpetrators.
That argument, in this case, seems to hold little water since Dickson was not a gang member, according to his family. Though he had run in with the law before.
Dickson was a hardworking father who made a pit stop and never made it home.
If anyone has any information that could help solve this case, please call the Omaha Police Department at (402) 444-5600.