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Crash victim's family grieve,remember good times

Posted: 10:19 PM, Jan 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-07 04:25:36Z

Two families are grieving the loss of their loved ones as Bellevue Police continue to investigate a deadly crash on the southbound lanes of Highway 75 just before the Chandler Street on ramp on Friday. 

The two victims are Airman First Class 19-year-old Khalil Jones assigned to the 55th Strategic Communications Squadron and 47-year-old Shamus Dean of Papillion. 

On Saturday evening, Dean's family was gathered around looking through pictures, "We're just going through pictures to get ready for the funeral," said Dean's mother, Ann Dean, "It's very therapeutic all the memories."

Ann got the call she never thought she would have to take Friday just before 6 in the morning, "I kept saying it had to be a nightmare, that it wasn't real--it's just too much to grasp."

But this was real. Ann said Shamus was coming home from work as he was remodeling an apartment for somebody. On his way home, he stopped to help someone in car trouble, Jones. 

"He did it all the time, he always helped strangers everywhere whenever he saw somebody in need he was there," said Ann. 

This time though, Shamus did not come home as Ann was reminded of today, "The garage door opened a little bit and I went 'oh Shamus is..oh no he's not coming home'."

BPD said the AR tow truck that hit him was driving erratically that morning and according to reports, was cited in November of last year for careless driving. 

"My message is just for everyone to slow down and pay attention when you are driving. He has to live with this the rest of his life so he's received his penalty," said Ann.

Shamus leaves behind three children and his funeral is set for next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Funeral Home.