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'Stop this insanity': Friends remember Molson Coors shooting victim

Posted at 7:09 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 14:40:18-05

Milwaukee police on Thursday identified the five victims killed in the Molson Coors mass shooting. One was 60-year-old Dale Hudson of Waukesha.

Hudson would visit Kim’s Lakeside Bar in the Town of Delafield every Wednesday night after work.

"He was just a genuine guy, just your regular, everyday genuine guy," said bar owner Kim Thompson.

Thompson says she had Hudson's usual Miller High Life Light on ice ready for him last night, but he never showed up. She was devastated to learn Thursday morning that her friend was one of five killed at their workplace.

"Disbelief and I cried," Thompson said. "Honestly, I just took a moment to try to process something that was not something I could process."

Thompson said Hudson worked his whole adult life as an electrician. Just over a year ago, the IBEW union honored Hudson’s 10 years of service at Molson Coors. Thompson said Hudson embodied the blue-collar lifestyle as a down-to-earth friend who was always willing to help.

"I had a problem with my apartment upstairs and someone couldn’t figure out," Thompson said. "He got up out of his barstool, went up there and like, 'oh you need to look at this and this', but just was always that kind of guy."

Joel Cole has been friends with Hudson for more than a decade sharing the same bar and pool table every week.

"To lose him in such a manner is just, we have to stop this insanity," Cole said

Thompson says Hudson was always the first person to sign up for her annual ice fishing event. This year’s event is just two days away, and now it will take on a whole different purpose.

"We’ll honor him the best we can and I think we’ll probably tip a couple to his name that day," Thompson said.

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