A Nebraska native and US Army Sergeant who had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan was brutally murdered while on leave in his hometown, sources say.
Sergeant Kyle LeFlore -who at some point had been in the 1st Infantry Division, been stationed in Korea, served in the Iraq War and another two tours in Afghanistan- was murdered during a robbery in Omaha early Saturday morning.
Kyle was fatally shot about 1:45 a.m. Saturday at Reign Lounge – a night club which was featuring an “Urban Professionals and Business Owners Networking Night Out” event that night.
“Little did I know that just before he would leave Omaha, someone would attack him, steal his jewelry and shoot him in the chest. It’s a coward, cowardly act, to shoot an unarmed man,” LeFlore’s father, Kay LeFlore told WOWT. “He could have lost his life in Afghanistan, two tours in Afghanistan,” said Kay, “He could have lost his life on tour in Iraq… And yet someone here in this city thought they could kill him and go about their lives.”
According to the elder LeFlore, his son was well-liked and had no known enemies.
“He didn’t have any enemies; he didn’t have an enemy in the world,” LeFlore said.
At the time of his death, he had reportedly been recently scheduled for reassignment to Arizona and was working on becoming an FBI Agent.
An avid grappler, LeFlore won several competitions in Korea and other places he had been stationed.
After being notified of his tragic death, LeFlore’s wife -who followed him into the Army after they graduated high school- is set to return to the US from Korea to inform their 5-year-old son.
“His little boy, he is amazing,” Kay LeFlore said. “Five years old. He’s going to grow up without a father and why?”
Police are currently looking for clues into who killed the non-commissioned officer. According to what little information has been pieced together thus far, LeFlore had gone out to his vehicle without telling anyone moments before he was murdered.
Around 200 people gathered earlier today outside of the LeFlore family boutique to release balloons in honor of the fallen soldier.
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