CEDAR FALLS, Iowa Friends and family members paid a final "farewell" on Tuesday to the victim of a murder-suicide in Jesup last week. It took several days to learn exactly what happened on a Jesup street corner last Wednesday night.
Investigators finally determined Tim Roses, 45, followed Lindsay Nichols, 22, to the home of her new boyfriend in Jesup. There Roses confronted Nichols and shot her. He then took his own life.
As a final chapter in a sad story, hundreds of mourners gathered at a church in Cedar Falls and then made a trip to the cemetery. An Evansdale fire truck led the funeral procession which included dozens of police and rescue vehicles from different departments. Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said many in the department remember Lindsay well because they saw her many times over the years. "We've had the privilege of watching her grow up and listening to all the "father" stories of the trials and tribulations of raising a daughter," Thompson said.
Lindsay Nichol's father, Tom Nichols, is a Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputy. While other law enforcement officers took over patrol duties, fully 80% percent of the Black Hawk deputies and staffers showed up for the services. Sheriff Thompson said the murder-suicide investigation was a particularly trying case because of the personal ties between so many deputies and the Nichols family. And they considered Lindsay one of their own.
While few questions about the case remain, the sheriff says one question will never have an answer. "Why did this have to happen to somebody so young, so full of life and full of future," Thompson said.
Friends in the family's community of Evansdale can't really explain it either, after hearing more and more details over a period of six days. Evansdale Mayor Chad Deutsch, a family friend, said he still has trouble accepting what happened.
"When you're 22, you're supposed to have your whole life ahead of you, not have it taken from you it's hard to accept," Deutsch said.