Brother dies shielding sister during shooting

Richard Nelson (NBC News photo)
Richard Nelson (NBC News photo)

LAS VEGAS, NV (KSNV) – A Las Vegas teen is dead after attempting to protect his sister from attackers, and a mother and son are charged in his killing.

Richard Nelson, 18, was shot to death Saturday while trying to defend Oniesha Coleman after she was jumped by some acquaintances outside her own home.

Tianna Thomas and her 17-year-old son, the one police believe pulled the trigger, are in custody.

“Just because they got arrested, that doesn’t bring my brother back,” said Coleman. “I mean, I now have to live with the fact that I will never see him again.”

Richard’s mother, Roxanne Bruce, is also reacting to news of the arrests.

Most shocking to her is that another mother could allow it to happen.

“She deserves to get the same penalty as her son, the one who pulled the trigger. I feel that she needs to rot in jail as well,” Bruce said.

Roxanne says despite her grief, she will eventually forgive her, though it won’t be easy.

“She knew better. She’s a mother, you know what I mean?” said Bruce. “I lost my child, she should be grieving too.”

Coleman says her goal now is to remember the good times, the younger ‘big brother’ who always looked after her, right until the very end. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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