Omaha Radio Station Apologizes Twice On Air for Insensitive Comments About Death of Paletero Man

This past Friday, Omaha Channel 94.1's "The Big Morning Party Show" was slammed on its Facebook page regarding comments it made surrounding the murder of 63-year-old Gilberto Hérnandez Vázquez, a local paletero man (ice cream man), who was killed on Thursday night.

After the comments were broadcast, the station's Facebook page was inundated with criticisms about what was said. Here was the original clip:

This morning, the station issued two apologies, one around 6:20 local time and the other at 7:20. Here is a clip that contains both apologies:

Today on the channel's Facebook site, the reaction was mixed. What follows is a sampling of some of the comments posted (unedited):

An apology means nothing in a case like this… Do something for the family to show you are truly sorry.. Have a car wash- collect donations from listeners.. etc… Show some class!!!!

People need to drop all this already just STOP that's enough let him rest in peace leave the radio station alone they made there apology..people need to focus on the person that took his life and pray they find him and gets put away for life :( I dont understand how ppl can be so quick to b upset about a few jokes then they are about the violence we have going on. Everyone wants to rally ( n my Chris voice) but where's the rally for the young girl who just died or the mother of two who was shot and killed. Yal should take all this energy y'all got right now over a few jokes and put it where it matters! I

just want to say thank you for ur apology towards Mr. Gilberto (R. I. P) and his family.

Wasent a racial comment, but no respect was shown towards this mans untimely death. I personally don't see the big deal in their joke. They didn't say anything racial. They were basically saying if an innocent ding-ding (that's what we call men who sell ice cream in America) isn't safe, then nobody is. I thought the reference to the tooth fair and santa claus had more to do with things we love as children, the ding-ding man being one of them. I would be more apt to make fun of the fact that someone would rob a person who doesn't carry a lot of money on them just like when stupid people rob and kill pizza delivery guys. It's not like they were laughing about the fact that he lost his life. I feel the joke was more about the criminal who did it than the actual person who lost their life. Nobody needs to be sued or punished. It is a very sad and horrible situation and I feel really bad for his family, but I feel it's been taken too far.

its not racial its about respect. santa claus and the tooth fairy are fictional characters he was a human being. its ok to inform the public how unsafe the world is getting but they pushed it to far by saying "all the reindeer are on patrol now" ( thwy said something along those lines) that was a joke intented on the victim.

May none of you at this station know the pain of a family member being murdered. Shame on all of you.

Omaha Radio Station Faces Facebook Firestorm for Mocking Murder of Neighborhood “Paletero Man”

This morning Omaha's Channel 94.1 crew was doing its news segment, when the show's personalities began to talk about the murder of 63-year-old Gilberto Hernández Vázquez, a beloved "paletero man" who roamed an Omaha neighborhood for 11 years. Here is what the morning show decided to talk about after they shared an update about Hernández Vázquez's death:

The 45-second segment caused a social media uproar on the station's Facebook page. What follows is a sampling of the hundreds of comments that were made today, along with some of the canned replies from the page's admin:

According to local reports, the murder of Hernández Vázquez has left many in the Omaha neighborhood he served shaken by the tragedy. Here is what one Omaha station reported:

“This was an innocent man who roamed my neighborhood for 11 years and so me and my children and grandchildren would get ice cream,” said Janine Rapier. “In fact, he grew up with my family."

Rapier's brother built the cross that is now adorned with flowers in honor of 63-year old Gilberto Hernandez-Vazquez, the neighborhood ice cream man. Janine still has the hot peppers she planned to give him Thursday night.

“He was saving up to actually go back to Mexico where his family is located,” said Joaquin Manzanales. “It's horrible this happened. He was a good guy around the neighborhood, he really was. Even on scorching hot days he would give the kids free ice cream."

The neighborhood already misses his generosity, his gentle smile, the sound of the horn on his cart. It will be hard to explain to the children.

“A half-hour before this happened I was walking my dog and he was selling ice cream,” said Dawn Dvorak. “I said hi and he wanted to know if I wanted ice cream, but didn't have a dollar on me. I was going to go later on to get some ice cream from him and this all happened. It's tragic. I hope they find out who did this to him."

We learn the impact the ice cream man had on his customers.

“We will never forget your kindness, the Rapier family."