Victim's Family Speaks Out After Shooting Rampage


Omaha police are calling it a mission to kill. A still unidentified gunman killed two men and wounded two others on Saturday.

One of the men lost was Anthony "Tony" Vazzano, 25.

"There is so much violence, and there is so much disrespect for life, it is senseless is what it is," said Joe Vazzano, father.

Family members said Vazzano was a man with no enemies.

"Tony was a very loud, he had a very loud personality, he's very infectious, he had a lot of different friends from a lot of different places, I mean everyone loved him, he could like walk into a room and everyone wanted to be his friend," said Samantha Remillard, sister.

"He was the life of the party, he just knew everybody, he hugged everybody, he was just a wonderful kid," said Joe Vazzano.

Tony Vazzano was cutting the grass at 34th and F when he was fatally shot by the suspect. He was the fourth and final victim in the rampage.

Police said the gunman picked him at random.

"It's the wrong place at the wrong time, there is nothing he could have done to prevent it, could have never expected that," said Michael Remillard, brother-in-law.

Father's Day is especially hard for Joe Vazzano having just lost Tony the day before. This is the second son he will have to bury. The Vazzano family lost their eldest son, Joey Vazzano, six years ago.

"We just kind of making the turn with Joey's death, just finally coping, and now this, so we are back at square one," said Joe Vazzano.

Surrounded by family and friends, the Vazzano family is able to talk and remember all of Tony's best qualities. They said what they are afraid of are the days that follow the funeral.

"As much, as horrible as this is, two weeks from now, three weeks from now, a month from now, a year from now, that is what hurts, the birthday's, the Christmases, never seeing him, never hearing him laugh, that is what hurts, that is what's hard, this is easy," said Joe Vazzano.

The family said they are eager to learn more about the investigation and are happy with everything law enforcement has done.

They also want to send their condolences to the families of the other victims.


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