Sam Causey’s death marked Peoria’s 15th homicide this year. But he’s not just a number, he was a hard working and positive person, according to his colleagues at Dairy Queen.
“We are just down not having Sam here. A lot of the things, just walking through the door remind you of Sam. It’s just hard not having him around or to laugh about things,” said Megan Boland, crew member at Dairy Queen.
Causey worked at Dairy Queen for the past 7 years before he lost his life to gun violence in Peoria on Monday morning. His co-workers are still shaken up by the news.
“We look at the area he was in, we look at each other, we cry and we start all over again. We don’t do that with just about anybody. There was a special softness about Sam. You can’t say enough good about him. It has really taken over our restaurant,” said Pat Boyer, General Manager at Dairy Queen.
He became a father figure for some of the young people who worked with him.
“He reminded me a lot of my dad and my dad passed away last year. Being around him helped me a lot going through what my dad was going through,” said Kristina Hytesmine, crew member at Diary Queen.
Sam left a mark in the lives of all of his colleagues and they plan on keeping his memory alive.
“I’m going to keep buying Jolly Ranchers for him, and for all of us. We’re going to continue to say “Fries are hot, fries are hot!” and just have fun and be happy. I think that’s what he would want,” said Jaymi Hurt, Shift Manger at Dairy Queen.
While this case is still under investigation, Police are asking people to submit any tips that can lead them to the responsible person. If you have any information, you can contact Peoria police at (309) 673-4521.