Remembering Brock: Niebuhr reflects on the life of her late husband and the pain of his absence

Robert Maharry

There are no easy days for Lauren Niebuhr. She can fight it for a minute, two, maybe even five, but before long, she’s thinking of him again.
“I’m constantly thinking about it. I constantly replay what happened in my head with the information I have. It’s difficult,” she said last week. “I think about if there was anything I would’ve said
Lauren’s husband Brock died under bizarre circumstances on March 22, and his father Daniel is awaiting a trial on charges that he murdered his son while he was sitting on a couch at Daniel’s residence in Fairbank. She had her doubts about whether he should visit his father amidst concerns about his mental state, but Brock—selfless to the end—wanted to help.
In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and the chaos of the legal proceedings, Lauren, who still lives in the Dike home where she and Brock were raising their daughter Amella, never got a chance to talk about the kind of man he was.
“Brock was a family man. He loved his family more than anything, and his friends. His friends were like his family,” Lauren said. 
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