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Kaufman Coping with Loss of Assistant DA

Area businesses say the Thursday murder is all anyone can talk or think about

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    NBC DFW checked to see how Kaufman businesses near the County Courthouse are doing in the wake of Thursday's murder nearby.

    Kaufman's got that quiet charm.  The type of place where people feel comfortable leaving an expensive package unguarded, like boxed electronics we saw Saturday next to a Fed Ex box on the sidewalk. 

    But Thursday's murder of a man committed to Kaufman County's common good has taken some of that feeling away... at least for now.

    No Arrests in Kaufman Co. Prosecutor's Slaying

    [DFW] No Arrests in Kaufman Co. Prosecutor's Slaying
    The investigation into the shooting death of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse continues, but no arrests have been made.

    "It's been crazy," said Renea Dodds of Lott's Cleaners, directly across the street from the County Courthouse.  "Every time customers come in they ask how things are going and if we knew him [Mark Hasse] and if he was a customer here.  He was.  He was in here two or three times a week and he was a really nice guy."

    As of Friday, the reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the killing totaled $71,000.

    Investigators Pour Over Hasse's Old Cases

    [DFW] Investigators Pour Over Hasse's Old Cases
    Colleagues are mourning an Assistant District Attorney who was gunned down outside the Kaufman County Courthouse yesterday. Authorities don't know whether 57-year-old Mark Hasse feared for his life before he was fatally shot Thursday, but they're poring through the cases he handled for leads.

    At the Especially for You Tea Room on the square, owner Lori McWha takes car of her customers while taking what happened a couple of blocks away Thursday very hard.

    "We're very sad because someone who did a great job for our community and for Dallas County also in the past has been gunned down for doing a job we all want somebody to do, to put bad guys in jail," said McWha.

    Kaufman County Courthouse Partially Open on Friday After Shooting

    [DFW] Kaufman County Courthouse Partially Open on Friday After Shooting
    Security is stepped up in Kaufman County at the courthouse after ADA Mark Hasse was gunned down.

    "I'm scared for others that were in that same type of position he was in, helping do the same thing he was doing" said Renea Dodds.  "Are they going to come after them because they're going to continue his work?"

    Lisa Blake was back to work at Yogurt in Motion Saturday.  A few yards from the courthouse, she can't believe how her community lost one of their good guys.  She's not deterred by the fact no one's been arrested yet.

    "I'm sure they'll catch 'em," said Blake.  "I have no doubt Kaufman County will get 'em."