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Nebraska elementary school teacher dies in hunting accident

Nebraska elementary school teacher dies in hunting accident

A second grade teacher in Palmyra-Bennet School District OR-1 died Saturday in a hunting accident in Pawnee County.

Kade Reiman, who taught at Bennet Elementary, was 23. His family and the Palmyra-Bennet district confirmed the death on social media.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share some difficult news with all of you this evening,” wrote Mike Hart, the school district superintendent. “Kade Reiman, Bennet Elementary second grade teacher died this afternoon.”

Pawnee County Sheriff Braden Lang said the accident occurred southwest of Lewiston. Reiman, who lived in Weeping Water, was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound, Lang said, noting that the investigation is continuing.

Hart said counselors were available at the elementary school on Sunday and Monday to assist with grief support. Reiman also coached high school football in Palmyra, and counselors were available for Palmyra football players, Hart said.

A message on the Palmyra High School boosters Facebook page said Reiman had just started to coach the junior high basketball team.

“He will be deeply missed by all the athletes and coaches that had the joy of sharing a field or court with him,” a booster wrote.

The mother of a second grade boy in his class said in a post on the same Facebook page that her son could talk with Reiman about anything.

“I will miss his big smile and wave while walking to his car and his updates on (her son’s) school progress,” she said. “He had a really big impact on his students.”

Both Bennet and Palmyra are southeast of Lincoln. Lewiston is about 20 miles east of Beatrice.

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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