- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A community tribute that will include a horse statue has brought a teenager closer to the memory of her father, a slain Omaha police officer.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/27EaQhU ) that 13-year-old Jordyn Pratt-Laue was just 8 months old when Sgt. Jason “Tye” Pratt was shot and killed in the line of duty. She knows about him only through stories shared by her sister, Madison, 16, and mother, Stacy.

Sgt. Pratt will be memorialized Friday with the Horses of Honor public art exhibition at Turner Park. There will be seven decorated horse statues representing seven deceased Omaha police officers. An eighth horse will pay tribute to all fallen officers, and another statue will honor Kobus, the Omaha police dog killed in a January standoff.

Pratt was fatally shot the night of Sept. 11, 2003, while helping other officers search for a man who had run from his vehicle after officers pulled him over. Pratt found the man in some bushes, and the man shot Pratt in the head. Another officer shot and killed the man.

Jordyn’s mother has remarried, and she and her husband, Nic Laue, a schoolteacher, have a 5-year-old son. Nic Laue has adopted Madison and Jordyn, and they call him Dad.

They haven’t forgotten Sgt. Pratt’s service to Omaha and his love for them. They worked with Omaha artist Ying Zhu on Pratt’s horse, which features a latticework of numbers on a police-blue background. The numbers represent different facets of Pratt’s life.

Jordyn is a budding artist who competes in horse jumping, and her favorite things to draw and talk about have been horses. So when her mother was contacted about the tribute, she knew Jordyn had to be involved.

Jordyn met with Zhu and presented the artist with a few ideas. Her mom and sister also met with Zhu and told their stories about Sgt. Pratt.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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