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Family and friends gather to remember Nebraska hunting accident victim

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – It was a packed house at St. Joseph’s Church in Auburn, Neb. Wednesday evening. In front of draped football and baseball jerseys and plenty of photos, family and friends gathered to remember Kade Reiman. Reiman was killed in a hunting accident in Pawnee County on Saturday.

He was a teacher and trainer at Palmyra Public School and will never be forgotten by those who knew him.

“He would be the big teddy bear that everyone would love to come and hug,” Brynn Westenburg said. “He would be the person to shout my name in a large crowd. He has always mattered to me.

Through tears, Kade’s father Kevin thanked everyone for coming together, as well as for the calls and prayers over the past two days as the Reiman family go through the unimaginable.

“He was like my big brother,” Callie Emshoff said. “I didn’t have brothers my age so he was like my big brother. I feel really sad, but overall I’m grateful and I see the impact he has had and how great he has been to me.

Investigators blamed the hunting accident on a series of unfortunate events. Reiman was hit by a bullet fired by a partner at a fleeing doe. Authorities say the twilight lighting conditions, timing and topography all played a part in bringing in the sights of Reiman, who was out of sight at the time.

Remain’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lincoln. A huge fan of the Huskers, Reiman’s family encourages everyone to wear Nebraska clothing for the service.

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