Victim's Family Remembers Tragedy

A pizzeria owned by a family friend is where Kim Guthmann starts Memorial Day weekend remembering her parents.

David and Kathleen Gilfillan were killed almost two years ago by a drunken boater who hit them at a dock on Hanson Lake south of Bellevue.

During lunch Friday with her children and the prosecutor in the case, Kim says of her parents “Their picture is on the wall and grand kids can see the picture to remember the good things about them.”

Ken Tonn is more than a year into a six to 20 year sentence.

Since the tragedy the Sarpy County sheriff’s boat patrol received a grant to patrol waterways in the county on holiday weekends. Captain Rolly Yost says on private lakes many boaters head for the docks when the patrol boat is on the water. Yost says, “We use binoculars and a cruiser or we're in an unmarked car watching the waterways for boating violations.

Kim Guthmann says even if the drunk boat driver that killed her parents just had followed one law, having a spotter while pulling a tube, she believes her parents would be alive this Memorial Day weekend.


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