DAWSON, NE – Four days after the death of his son, Mervin Stutheit had his mind on his granddaughter.
“Trent had a two and a half year girl, and she’s going to have to grow up without her daddy now,” says Stutheit.
29-year-old Trent Stutheit was shot and killed in Omaha on Easter Sunday. He lived in the Falls City area before moving to the metro for school, around 10 years ago.
“He was real outgoing, positive, he liked to make a lot of jokes, and he was just……a very positive person,” Stutheit.
Mervin, who lives in Dawson, told NCN that while it was tough for his son to visit him regularly, Trent would frequently call. The two last visited about two weeks ago.
“A person just can’t imagine losing their kids. When friends of mine lost their kids, I couldn’t imagine how they felt, and now I’m in that scenario,” says Stutheit.
Trent’s father had concerns years back about his son living in big-city Omaha, where violence is much prevalent than in quiet southeast Nebraska. Trent used to be a night manager at a restaurant near North Omaha, when after every shift, he would be forced to walk the daily earnings to a nearby bank.
Trent had since left that job, and was currently working in the carpentry and flooring business in order to support himself and his little girl, Annella.
That’s why Mervin wasn’t ready for the call that received on Sunday night.
“Just couldn’t believe it, it was the last thing from my mind,” says Mervin.
“A parent shouldn’t have to go through this.”
The man police suspect of murdering Stutheit, 30-year-old Antoine C. Johnson, is as of Thursday, still on the run. A warrant is out for his arrest on charges of second-degree murder and using a weapon to commit a felony.
“From what I hear, they were just in a fight and then he pulled a gun,” says Stutheit. “I don’t know, I would just like to see justice done.
As for Annella, Mervin says that Trent’s ex-girlfriend Amanda, who shared joint custody with Trent, will soon have the impossible deed of telling her daughter that she no longer has a father.
“His little girl just adored him and she’d come down here and she was just such a cute little thing, now she’s got to live without her daddy,” says Stutheit.
A family visitation will take place on Thursday evening, with a public visitation the following day at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn.
Trent’s funeral is set for Saturday afternoon.