Overflow crowd mourns victim of DUI crash

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A family's joy at Thanksgiving was wiped out by a week of sadness, following an alleged drunk driving crash. And today, the victim, Casey Bohr, was fondly remembered at his funeral.

Even on a chilly afternoon, the overflow crowd huddled for two hours around the doors of the Fort Lee Baptist Church. As they peered in for glimpse of the standing-room-only service, they shared memories of the big man, who had a big passion for softball.

"Just his smile. His bear hugs was the biggest thing. He always gave a bear hug. Everybody loved that," said Roy Ware, a softball teammate.

Ware was inside the church as family members eulogized a young man taken so suddenly.

"It was a very long [service]. But it was well worth it. It had to take a long time to describe a person like him, because he was that generous for other people," he said.

Casey, 23, was killed the day after Thanksgiving. Hanover authorities say he was driving on East Patrick Henry Road when another vehicle driven by an admitted illegal immigrant, Feliciano Suarez, crossed over the line and sent Casey's SUV spinning into the side of the road.

Word of the tragic circumstances spread quickly, and friends dropped everything to be here -- before, during, and after the funeral.

Later, almost 60 vehicles made the 44-mile trip over three counties from Henrico County to King William County, where Casey was buried.

"He was just a guy that you could not forget. Ever," Ware said.

Casey's teammates and friends are now organizing a softball tournament in his memory, Saturday, at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. It takes place from 9 a.m. until noon.

Meanwhile, Suarez sits behind bars. The 29-year-old is facing four charges, including involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence. A federal detainer was also issued based on his admitted immigration status.

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