Creighton students shocked by death of professor and son

WOWT 6 News 10 p.m. Sunday newscast
Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 12:44 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Creighton community is mourning the loss of a professor and his son killed in a crash Saturday on their way to Nebraska’s home opener at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

“I heard about it, just now, and I’m shocked. I can’t believe this happened,” said student Chloe Arnold.

Father and son, Mark Kaipust, 41, and Taylor Kaipust, 7, were suddenly taken from the Creighton community. Mark was an associate professor of occupational therapy at Creighton University.

“One of the reasons I chose here is because it had such a close a community, more people got to know each other and everyone felt much closer, so just the idea of losing someone from that is tough,” said Colby Lock.

Lock is a junior at Creighton and says a lot of friends made the trip to Lincoln to watch the Huskers home opener.

“We know so many people that went to Lincoln this weekend for the football game and it could have been any of us,” said Lock.

The drive along I-80 is so familiar to Huskers fans; turning fatal in a multi-car crash involving a semi-truck.

“I know the professor was probably doing great things for students here, a lot of people looked up to him I’m sure. It just hits close to home. It’s terrible. That’s the only way to put it,” said Jack Olson, who plays on Creighton’s gold team. “It’s horrible, I mean that could happen to my parents coming to my tournament to watch me play golf you know. It’s not something we like to think about or hear about it’s just not a good deal,” said Olson.

Creighton’s president extended his prayers and thoughts to family, friends, and the Creighton community Sunday morning.

The family released a statement Sunday night in appreciation of the outpouring of support.

“Our families are heartbroken over the loss of two people we love and will miss dearly — Mark and Taylor. We appreciate the outpouring of support and ask for prayers and privacy as we navigate this difficult time.”

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