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Columbus family works toward healing following Valentine's Day vehicular homicide

The Jensen family remembers the late Anthony Lee Ray Jensen.

Columbus, Ga- The Valentine's Day traffic fatality that ended the lives of Lee Edward Heath, 47, and Anthony Lee Ryan Jensen, 32, is still fresh on the minds of the loved ones they left behind. News 3 reported the arrest of Darion Tyrone Mitchell, 30, on March 13. News 3 spoke with the Jensen family to get their reaction as they continue to work to pick up the pieces.

Amanda Johnson still wears the engagement ring given to her by her high school sweetheart Tony. 

"I can't take it off yet. I can't even move it. It's a habit to put it on still and it's something I don't want to stop yet," says Johnson. 

Johnson and Jensen were planning to get married when his life was abruptly cut short in the early morning hours on Valentine's Day as he and Heath were side swiped by a car. For Johnson-there's now a huge void. 

"There's a grief that can't be spoken," says Johnson. "As the pain goes on and on. Empty chairs at empty tables."

"Every free second that I'm not occupied with something else, I think about him," says Robert Devries, Jensen's brother.

The two were not only brothers, but best friends and co-workers, both employed by Pop-A-Lock. 

"A lot of his customers, even since then who have called up and said, 'well I hope it's not that really tall kid that worked at night, because he was such a sweetheart," says Beverly Jensen, mother of Anthony Jensen. "But it was...and he was a sweetheart."

"My brother never missed a day of work the whole time that we worked together," says Devries. "That's how dependable he was. That's how dedicated he was to helping others."

And it showed in his dedication to the woman he'd chosen to be his wife. 

"He says, "Mom, I work nights, she works days. I don't get to see her much and when she wants me I'm gonna be there."

But now that he's no longer here, the question becomes...

"How do you get over this? How do you get past it," asks Devries. "It's just something that happens all the time and it's like your new normal."

Darion Tyrell Mitchell, the suspect arrested in the deaths of Jensen and Heath, has been charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle, second degree and presenting a fraudulent driver's license or identification card. He's being held in the Muscogee County Jail with no bond. 


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