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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A Cedar Rapids high school teacher and his daughter were killed in a car crash on Thanksgiving Day.

According to Kennedy High School Principal Jason Kline, Rick Nees was a long-time math teacher at the school.

“This is very devastating news and I know we all will be hurting. Please know that we will have support resources available for staff and students on Monday starting at 7 AM,” Kline wrote. “This information will be very hard for many students to take and please know that we will be here for them. If your child has specific needs over the weekend please do not hesitate to email me.”

Colorado investigators said Nees and his daughter were visiting family and running errands Thursday morning in Fort Collins, Colorado, when the crash happened.

The other vehicle involved may have been stolen and used in a “smash and grab” robbery at Fort Collins pawn shop that morning, authorities said.

But only a few minutes later, a crash involving at least two vehicles was reported. Police said two people died in the crash, but authorities said they were not releasing their names until relatives were contacted.

The Fort Collins Police Department identified the suspect as Marcos Orozco, 19, who was arrested. So far, he has not been charged in connection to the deaths, but he is facing burglary, vehicle theft and eluding charges.

Fort Collins police said they received a call at 3:35 a.m. Thursday from a pawnshop there. Responding officers reported that a vehicle had rammed into the store to gain entry, and the burglar has stolen firearms.

“This is very devastating news and I know we all will be hurting,” Principal Kline said in a statement. “Please know that we will have support resources available for staff and students on Monday starting at 7 a.m.”

Video statement regarding the collision at Harmony and Boardwalk this morning. pic.twitter.com/iZ7N8QVud0

Truck involved in deadly Ft. Collins accident appears to be the same vehicle used in a pawn shop smash-and-grab. Here's photos from both incidents. Three rifles were stolen from pawn shop. pic.twitter.com/1ssm3zTPbg

According to his profile on the LinkedIn businesses networking website, Nees had been a math teacher for more than 13 years at the school and had graduated from the University of Northern Iowa.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – A Cedar Rapids high school teacher and his oldest daughter were killed in a car crash on Thanksgiving morning in Colorado.

They were running errands while in Fort Collins, north of Denver, when hit by the driver of a stolen pickup truck that earlier was used in a pawnshop burglary, news releases indicate.

Rick Nees was a math teacher at Kennedy High School. Nees and his daughter were out running errands in Fort Collins when they were killed.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kennedy High School math teacher Rick Nees and his eldest daughter were killed in a car crash Thanksgiving Day while visiting family in Colorado, officials said.

“This is very devastating news and I know we all will be hurting.  Please know that we will have support resources available for staff and students on Monday starting at 7 a.m.  This information will be very hard for many students to take and please know that we will be here for them.”

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According to reports in Colorado, 19-year-old Marcos Orozco was arrested following the crash, which was the result of a chase after Orozco allegedly stole guns from a pawn shop earlier that day.


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