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Nebraska Couple Give Bombing Victim’s Daughter ‘Dream Team’ Tickets

July 31, 1996

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Fallon Stubbs may get to see the Dream Team after all.

The daughter of the woman killed in Saturday morning’s bomb blast at Centennial Olympic park was given four tickets to the Olympic semifinals and four more to the finals from a Nebraska couple and their Atlanta friend.

Chad and Kori Grosse-Rhode and their friend Amy Fletcher of Atlanta dropped off the tickets Tuesday. Miss Stubbs is recovering from sharpenel wounds from the pipe bomb explosion that killed her mother, Alice Hawthorne.

Chad Grosse-Rhode, 26, said the tragedy struck him hard. His own father was killed in a hunting accident when he was a boy.

``It was difficult at times and she is going to go through that,″ Grosse-Rhode said. ``A lot of people did things for me. Maybe this is one way I could give a little back.″

The three got the idea to give the girl the tickets after they heard she wanted to see the NBA stars.

``We thought, `We had seen ours. Why don’t we give (our basketball tickets) to her?′ ″ Grosse-Rhode said. ``Maybe her family could get some good out of the Olympics.″

They didn’t really stop to consider the price of the eight tickets _ $133 each for the four tickets to the semifinal game and $265 each for the four to the finals _ until after they had taken them to Georgia Baptist Medical Center, where the girl was hospitalized.

``It’s just kind of how we like to do things,″ Mrs. Grosse-Rhode said.

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