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Sadek family hides tears behind smiles this holiday

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ROGERS, N.D. -- A once happy holiday is a little more bleak as family members buried Andrew Sadek Thursday. Losing a child is never easy, losing a second child is even more earth shattering going against the laws of nature. Typically it's the other way around, a son or daughter buries a parent.

"Numb, we're numb, empty and numb," said Tammy Sadek. "I don't know if it's really sank in yet that he's gone."

"I have a big whole in my heart, it's just empty, John Sadek told Valley News Live.

Parents Tammy and John Sadek are surrounded in a sea of family and friends. Flowers and condolence cards litter their home. Both are flooded with emotion, grieving over the death of their son, Andrew. 

Last week when a body was pulled from the Red River, Tammy told us she was praying it wasn't her Andrew.

"I was hoping it wasn't Andrew and then I remembered that a person had been reported jumping into the river," said Tammy. "Actually, I was hoping it was them."

Missing since may, the family was hoping Andrew would come back knocking on their door. 

"We were very hopeful that being the fourth of July he would come walking up to light the fireworks, because that's what he did," said Tammy.

Lighting the fireworks was always Andrew's gig. But, Friday night his family lights one for him. 

"We have one special one that we're going to do," said Tammy. 

Besides enjoying the holiday, Andrew was a family man who loved the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and would help anyone in need. Him and his dad spent numerous hours hunting big game and fishing on the lake. It was their hobby.

"He was my right arm," said John. "You know, I've lost both of my right arms and all I have is my left."

It's been a struggle. Their eldest son Nick died at the young age of 18 in a train accident less than 10 years ago. Now it seems history is repeating itself. 

"One parent shouldn't have to bury one child, let alone two, the only two," Tammy told us. 

While Andrews body has returned home, his death is still a mystery. Family members have many unanswered questions and are still awaiting what officials rule the cause of death. 

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