Family and friends gathered to remember a Vietnam veteran shot to death one year ago Friday. Fifty-four-year-old Milton Jackson was shot twice in the face at a Shell Rapid Lube on West Center Road in Omaha.
His wife of 35 years, Lala Gibson, still wears her wedding ring in his memory. “There are sometimes when I'm happy and all of a sudden I think about him and just start crying."
Gibson and her autistic son Lendale tied balloons to a bush to mark the site where Jackson died. She says holidays are the toughest time and she constantly worries about the well-being of her son.
“The new year is very hard. I don't have any family and when I’m gone my son is going end up in a group home. I don't want that."
David Cubrich knew Jackson for 26 years and says he loved mentoring people. Jackson even took his alleged shooter under his wing years ago. “I think about Milton everyday, him and I had a special relationship,” says Cubrich. “We lost somebody who cares about people and he really truly cared about people.”
Even though it’s been a difficult year, Gibson says she's grateful for the help she's received. “Everybody that helped us during the hard times and gave some money for him, I thank you all very much. I bet Milton is smiling at you all.”
Reinders’ trial is set to begin next month. He has plead not guilty by reason of insanity.