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Family remembers life of Anthony Blum
The community of Broken Bow continues to mourn the loss of two of its own. Families of the two coaches killed in the fatal head-on collision remember the impact they had on so many.
The support from community members has been overwhelming for the family of 24 year old Anthony Blum.
Monday they shared a part of Anthony that only they can tell. News 5's Dara Newson has their story.
"From the time he was small he was always a sweet person, always had a smile on his face. He helped people and just easy to get along with," said Anthony's mother Jane Blum.
Though broken hearts and tears fill the Blum home, parents Jane and Dale remember the good times with their oldest son, Anthony.
"Every time I coached him in 5th, 6th grade basketball he was kind of like the coach out there and you could kind of feel it in there that he was going to do something good for somebody in the future," said Dale Blum.
24 year old Anthony Blum attended UNK for two years, then transferred to UNL to major in education and that's where his career began.
"Just a couple weeks ago we scheduled a rematch for the century for June 30th. We were going to go out and play that and it's just gonna be an adjustment without him," said brother Gavin Blum.
His mother Jane read a letter he wrote the family when they moved him to Broken Bow for his first job:
"Thanks for moving me in, couldn't have done it without you guys. The place is awesome and feels like home already. Thanks for everything you guys do for me. I know I can't say it enough because you guys are truly awesome and I could not ask for anything more. I'm very thankful for how blessed I am."
"You could always call Anthony just to talk to him and he'd put down whatever he was doing just to give you some good advice," said Gavin.
"He taught me so many things and I just want to take those he taught me and put them to work at Hastings, kind of honor him," brother Carson Blum said.
But still the path to healing is never easy.
"It just broke my heart to see it because that's what he wanted to be doing," said Jane.
8 students were also injured in the crash. Three of the Broken Bow High School students remain at Good Samaritan Hospital Monday night.
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