Family of man killed by drunk driver helps suspect’s family during holiday season

OMAHA, NE (WCMH) — “Somebody does something wrong, are you going to blame the whole family? You can’t do that.”

That’s what Jackie Gauff told KETV said about David Hadi’s family.

Jackie’s husband, Carl Gauff was killed last March when he was struck nearly head-on by a drunken Hadi.

After the crash, Hadi’s wife reached out to Jackie, and an unlikely and meaningful friendship formed.

“They’re innocent just like…they’re innocent just like we are,” said Jackie.

Now Hadi is in prison, and Jackie and her family are making sure Hadi’s wife and kids had presents under the tree, and food to eat. They say that’s how Carl would want to be remembered.

He would not have wanted anybody to turn their back on the family — it’s not their fault,” Sandra Alcaraz told KETV.

So it was with pizza and presents that these people, not Santa’s elves, showed true forgiveness this Christmas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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