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Remembering the fallen: Tony Beminio--standout athlete, better person

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"This whole day has been a fog...a blur," said Mark Reiland.

He's the current head coach of the Iowa City West Trojan wrestling team, and was an assistant when Tony Beminio, one of the officers gunned down early this morning, won a state championship 20 years ago.

"He left a big impact on me. It was the first time I sat in the winning corner in a Saturday night at the state wrestling tournament. I was an assistant coach then. First time I sat there and finished as a winner and got that feeling as a coach. And you just kinda look and realize that he's touched a lot of lives and not just here but branching out into his law enforcement career. You can't even imagine how many lives he's touched," he said.

Tony's picture hangs on the wall of the Iowa City West wrestling room.  And while he was clearly a great athlete, Reiland says he was an even better person.

"Overall he's a great kid. Beyond his athletic ability, beyond that, he was just a good kid," he said.

Beminio also was voted an all-state lineman with the Trojan football team, and helped lead them to a state title in 1995.

"He was an opposing force on that line, but he had guys lining up next to him, one of them was a 140 pounder on the wrestling team. It's just looking at him next to the other guys, it's like holy cow. But he's just a very athletic kid. It's hard to talk about him, I think. There's not enough things you can say," he said.

Reiland says he, along with Beminio's teachers, classmates and teammates, were so proud to see him get into law enforcement.

"It's such a senseless tragedy."


KWWL will be livestreaming Beminio's funeral today at 11:00 a.m. You can watch it here:

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