Family of Jay shooting victim reacts

Wednesday, January 14th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

An 18-year old Jay high school student faces a murder charge and relatives of his alleged victim are in mourning.

The dispute which cost 22-year-old James Hansen (pictured) his life started on a Delaware County bridge near Jay. Authorities say Hanson, who was driving with his wife and son, tried to pass a truck driven by Laramy O'Leary.

Hansen's wife says O'Leary would not let them pass and forced them off the road. Hansen followed O'Leary to the Jay Post Office and confronted him. O'Leary then pulled a gun and shot Hanson. His attorney calls it self defense.

The Hansen’s say they hold no malice toward the O'Leary family. Hansen's uncle Woody Hansen: “Nothing that we can do or say will bring James back to his wife and son. It is tragic, senseless and we wish it would never have happened and we just have to devote our energies to healing and raising that young boy, my nephew.”

Laramy O'Leary is charged with second degree murder.