Dozens of employees with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department were on hand this morning for the funeral of a deputy’s daughter. Twenty-two-year-old Lindsay Nichols of Evansdale was shot to death last Wednesday by 45-year-old Timothy Roses.
Roses had followed Nichols to the home of her new boyfriend in Jesup. After killing Nichols, Roses turned the gun on himself. Lindsay’s father, Tom Nichols, is a long-time Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Sheriff Tony Thompson says it’s been difficult for many in the department to come to terms with the shooting and seeing a coworker in so much pain. “Tom is an extremely loving father,” Thompson said. “He’s somebody that would live and die for those kids and it’s very clear when you talk to him how tough it is on him.”
Lindsay Nichols was a 2008 graduate of Waterloo East High School and recently completed a radiology program at Covenant Medical Center, where Roses served as a radiologist. Many deputies helped plan Lindsay’s funeral.
Sheriff Thompson said they also played a big role in getting Lindsay’s brothers back to Iowa after the shooting. Deputies organized emergency transportation for the two. One is stationed in Germany and the other in Idaho for the Air Force.
By Jill Kasperie, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids