Omaha Prepares To Say Goodbye To Final Mall Shooting Victim

Wednesday, December 12th 2007, 10:27 am
By: News On 6

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Mourners prepared Wednesday to lay to rest the last of a teenage gunman's victims during a shopping mall rampage, a week after he opened fire in an upscale department store.

Beverly Flynn, 47, was among the eight people who died before Robert Hawkins, 19, killed himself inside Westroads Mall's Von Maur store.

Flynn's funeral was delayed a day because of a winter storm that struck the area.

Flynn was a real estate agent who wrapped gifts at Von Maur during Christmas because she loved the holiday season. When she closed a deal, she planted a rose bush in the new homeowners' yard as a move-in gift, NP Dodge Co. spokeswoman Susan Young said last week.

``That was her way to put her style on the whole transaction,'' Young said. ``She was a very warm individual.''

Services were held Tuesday for two other victims of last week's shootings. A funeral for Angie Schuster was held in Omaha, and a funeral for Maggie Webb was held in her hometown of Moline, Ill.

``Our community is deeply wounded and hurting because of what happened last Wednesday,'' said the Rev. Donald Shane at Schuster's service.

Schuster, 36, of Omaha, was a manager in the girls' department at Von Maur, where she had worked for nearly 10 years. Schuster met her fiance, Greg O'Neil, at Von Maur when he worked there as a security guard. Schuster was thrilled when O'Neil got a job elsewhere so they could start dating, Shane said.

Webb, who was about two weeks shy of her 25th birthday, was the youngest victim of the shooting rampage. She transferred to the Omaha Von Maur store from a Chicago location this year.