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Family Remembers Victim Of Grain Bin Accident

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It's a day the Pacas family says they'll never forget.

"When I heard what had happened, I didn't want to believe it," said the victim's sister Ana Pacas.

"You can't even grasp it that your son is gone and you didn't get a chance to say bye," said  the victim's mother Annette Pacas.

Annette Pacas is the mother of then, 19-year-old Alex Pacas.  He had only been working for two days at the Consolidated Grain and Barge Company when the accident happened.  Alex's mom says her son jumped into the grain bin to try and help his co-worker, but both of them ended up suffocating.

"One of the hardest things as a mom is knowing he died in terror. Not in peace," said Pacas. "This should have never happened.  There's no parent that wouldn't throw that money away in order to get their kid back.  Alex was inspirational to lots of people."

Her main reason for filing the lawsuit was to hold the company responsible for her son's death and to make sure no else has to lose a loved one. She finds strength to go on from her other six children.  Although no dollar amount can ever bring Alex or Wyatt back, Annette Pacas says she's happy justice was finally served.

"This verdict and the amount sends a great message to employers that you are responsible for you workers," Pacas said.

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