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Steph Conn
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Young couple died as they lived - together

They were two bright stars whose individual brilliance was magnified when they were together - which was virtually always.

Inseparable in life, they died together Sunday night, leaving their families and friends to mourn two young people with so much potential.

Stephanie Marie Conn, 22, and Daniel "Jake" Henry, 21, sweethearts since middle school, were heading back to Lawrence, where both attended the University of Kansas, when another car struck theirs head-on in Leavenworth County.

The other driver, Matt Allen Nuzik, 30, also was killed. A Parkville resident, he had been staying with family in Basehor and was returning home from Lawrence, where he had visited a friend.

Henry and Conn were heading west on Kansas 32 just west of 214th Street when Nuzik, who was eastbound, attempted to pass another car and collided with them, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Nuzik had worked for ADT Home Security for 10 years, said his mother, Chris Nuzik. He was a graduate of Tonganoxie High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College. He was good with computers and enjoyed building them, his mother said.

Conn and Henry were 2007 graduates of Bonner Springs High School.

She was majoring in psychology at KU; he was pursuing a career in sports management.

"She was a number 10, he was a number 10 and together they were a number 10," said Conn's uncle, Don Seymour. "And they died on 10-10-10."

In a written statement, university officials expressed their condolences to the families.

Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said Conn had a bright future and was remembered by her professors as kind and intelligent.

Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, said Henry was highly respected by all the faculty members and students with whom he worked.

"Everyone who knew Jake appreciated what a fine young man he was, a strong student and genuinely nice person," Ginsberg said.

Rick Moulin, vice principal at Bonner Springs High, called both model students and outstanding young people who exhibited integrity and character in everything they did.

"They were great students, but beyond that, they were both really good people," he said.

Steve Henry described his son as a "sports freak" whose first year at KU saw a national basketball championship and Orange Bowl football victory. The couple rarely missed a Jayhawks game, no matter the sport.

Jake Henry was no sit-down-and-watch sports fan either. He had to dress in appropriate gear, holding a football or baseball bat or wearing a hockey mask, depending on the season and sport.

"He was fun-loving and full of life," Steve Henry said.

He worked part-time at the Nike Outlet Store in the Legends at Village West in Wyandotte County.

Conn had a gift for music. She played the saxophone, was blessed with an angelic singing voice and participated in choir at KU.

She was the first person in her family to attend college, Seymour said.

"In our family, she was our brightest star," he said. "Her smile could brighten a room."

She and Henry had known each other since seventh grade - and had been a couple ever since.

"She called him, and it just began," Seymour said. "As they grew, so did their relationship. You wouldn't see them apart very often."

They intended to finish school before marrying, he said.

Over the weekend, they came back to the area from Lawrence so Henry could go to his Nike job. Conn spent the weekend with her grandmother. She and her grandmother went out to eat Sunday afternoon. They "smiled and laughed," Seymour said.

"They had just left, heading back to KU, when this happened," he said. "They're both going to be our stars in the heavens now."

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Record added: Oct 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59988095

 Added: Oct. 11, 2010

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