Family remembers son killed in Saturday shootings
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Omaha, NE-Tony Vazzano's father and uncle are remembering their loved one after a gunman shot him Saturday afternoon.
Vazzano, 25, was very loved. His uncle Phil Lordemann calls him a shadow. His dad Joe calls him, a buddy.
"You didn't know Tony. You had to experience him. He was an amazing young man," Joe says.
Tony was helping Phil Saturday around the house, with yard work Saturday, a typical chore.
"Tony was down here, weed eating and I was up by the garage. And I heard what I thought was fireworks," Phil said. "Then I heard one other shot, and I knew something was wrong."
It was gunfire. Tony had been shot. He died in his uncle's driveway. His dad says Tony loved life, and lived it. He loved four wheeling, Nebraska football, and the Chicago Bears. He loved his family too. Tony's sister was about to move out of state, and he was working extra to save up for a ticket to visit her.
"This is the easy part. The funeral and the wake, that's easy. The hard part is a month from now, a year from now. The picture you bump into," Joe said.
Perhaps the most telling of this young man's character, his uncle says his last words weren't to his family or a friend. Rather to an officer, describing of the man who shot him.
"As he was bleeding really, really bad, and the police officer asked him if he could describe the guy and Tony, as he's choking on his own blood gave a description of the guy, completely. Hat, jeans, shirt, I mean everything."