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Family of slain deputy relives their pain

3 years ago August 18, 2012 Aug 18, 2012 Saturday, August 18 2012 Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:42:19 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

ST. JOHN PARISH- The family of Brandon Nielsen relieved their pain today knowing they will never get their daily jokes and warm wishes from him again. 

"I watched them type his name up on the screen," His mother, Wendy Nielsen said.  "I named him, so to see his name go up on a death certificate is not possible, I put it on a birth certificate."

Brandon Nielsen loved the Saints.  His family said he always wanted to be a law enforcement officer.

"This was something he was born to do," Nielsen said.  "It was in his veins."

The call that every law enforcement family never wants to get, came Thursday morning.  Brandon's wife called to say he and 27-year old Jeremy Triche had been shot and killed while investigating a shooting.

"I just dropped," his sister said.  "I don't even remember going in my house.  That's how bad I was when I got the news."

As their grieving beings the healing process, the family doesn't want the suspects to overshadow Nielsen's legacy.

"He is a great person and I'm so honored to call him my brother," Nielsen's sister said.

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