Friends and members of the community have offered to help the family of a Bellevue woman who was fatally shot in her home.
Brenda M. Henderson, 35, died Tuesday at the Nebraska Medical Center, where she was taken after being shot early on Dec. 13. Her longtime boyfriend, David S. Clark, 35, has been charged with first-degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
“We so appreciate everyone who has extended their offers of support,” said Henderson’s stepfather, Rick Cline. “Brenda was a wonderful person, and we’ve been hearing from many of her friends.”
Cline said Wednesday that the funeral Mass for Henderson will be 10:30 a.m. Dec. 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 811 W. 23rd Ave., in Bellevue. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Henderson was an organ donor. Cline said doctors told the family that three patients were helped by the donations.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said Wednesday that he expects to file additional charges against Clark after an autopsy.
Clark, who is the father of Henderson’s children, is being held on $2 million bail. He must pay 10 percent, or $200,000, to be released from jail.
A fund to help with expenses for Henderson’s sons, ages 17 and 11, has been set up at Cobalt Credit Union. Donations should be made out to the Brenda M. Henderson Memorial Fund.
Henderson was assistant director of student financial services at Bellevue University. Co-workers described her as a loving person who always put the needs of others first.
“We’re trying to take it one day at a time,” Cline said. “One of the big changes is that we are now parents (of the two boys).”
Cline said Henderson will be cremated and laid to rest next summer in a family plot in eastern Montana.
“Her mother made the decision, and the boys agree, that she be buried next to her (maternal) grandfather,” Cline said. “It’s a beautiful spot.”
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