Murder victim remembered as kind, giving dad, grandfather, neighbor

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police continue the search for a killer after a Millard man was gunned down in his own home Friday. Monday we learned from family that 50-year-old Mike Brinkman's wife and son were also home when he was murdered.

Family tell us Brinkman's legacy will be the kindness he showed so many.

"Words cant' describe how I really, really feel because I guess I'm still in shock that he is gone," said his ex-wife Michelle Brinkman after a prayer vigil Monday night in his memory. After decades of raising their daughter the two remained good friends. "I'm just overwhelmed by how many lives Mike has touched."

At WOWT 6 News we've seen his kindness first hand when he'd help someone in need after a number of our 6 On Your Side Investigations. He was a roofing expert for many stories we covered. When somebody was left with a bum deal from someone who worked on their roof Mike would sometimes help them out. He was the owner of Xcel Roofing for 30 years.

"Mike always went out of his way. It wasn't just a roof for him. It was somebody he got to know on a personal level," said Jim Harding who bought the business from Mike this past spring. "I intend on giving honor to him and his legacy continuing on with that same program."

Brinkman’s neighbors also benefited from his good deeds. They told us if they needed roof repairs or if they had snow in their driveway he'd come over to help and wouldn't ask for anything in return.

"Mike, what can I give you? Try to hand him a $20 or something and he'd be like 'no, no no'," explained neighbor Tammy Talacko

At the vigil in Monday night dozens came to the home where he was killed to show their love.

"He was a great man," said Michelle. She says now they just want to know why the great man they all knew and loved was taken so soon. "I hope they find who did this."

The investigation continues. The latest from Omaha Police is that there is no new information in their search for any suspects at this time. If you have any information to help investigators track down the killer please call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.

Brinkman’s family will plan out funeral services in the coming days.