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Family Mourns Bystander Killed in Police Chase

Father of three remembered for his hard work



    Solomon Asfaw's family talks about the man who brought his family to Texas to build a better life, his American dream was cut short when police say a man trying to elude police officers ran a red light and crashed into Asfaw's truck. (Published Tuesday, April 17, 2012)

    The family of a bystander killed during a police chase on Monday is mourning the husband and father of three.

    Solomon Asfaw, 52, was killed when a man fleeing police ran a red light and collided with Asfaw's truck, police said.

    Asfaw is survived by his wife and three children.

    "He was a great father who worked day and night for us," said Phillipos Solomon, his 17-year-old son.

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    "I didn't believe for once that he was gone," he said. "I kept saying, 'Let me talk to him, let me talk to him.' And then they finally told me he was gone."

    It is difficult for his brother, 20-year-old Phillipos, to put his grief into words.

    "[I] never thought it would be this way. Oh God," he said through tears.

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    They said their father, who emigrated from Ethiopia about 10 years ago, worked tirelessly every day to build a better life for them.

    The armored truck driver was on his way to work at the time of the crash.

    "I can't be mad. I can't be mad," Antonious Solomon said while weeping.

    "I don't understand. I just don't understand," Phillipos Solomon said.

    Family will fly from Ethiopia to mourn Asfaw.

    Police said the man accused of hitting Asfaw, 24-year-old Jesus Gutierrez Eliasar, was running from police after threatening to kill his former girlfriend outside her Garland home.

    The Solomon children said they are trying not to have ill will toward Eliasar but said they know their lives will never be the same.

    "He just needs to live and carry this in his heart for the rest of his life and know that he took somebody's father away, somebody's brother away, somebody's husband away, somebody's best friend," Antonious Solomon said.

    Police said Eliasar would be charged with murder, aggravated assault on a public servant and terroristic threats to his former girlfriend.