Funeral held for murdered Army Staff Sergeant Kyle LeFlore
Funeral services for Staff Sergeant Kyle LeFlore were held Tuesday at Greater Beth-el Temple. Sergeant LeFlore was on leave earlier this month when he was shot at the Reign Bar just south of I-680 on North 30th Street.
Authorities found LeFlore unresponsive and hurried him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Tuesday was a very emotional day for the family of Kyle LeFlore as he was laid to rest. Hundreds gathered to say goodbye. A flag draped coffin held the body of the man who served his country in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Korea. LeFlore was on leave in his hometown when he was shot and killed.
“The last Sunday he was in church he was sitting on the second pew in my church giving testimony praising God. He was not a non-believer, he wasn’t a hoodlum and he sure wasn’t a thug,” Pastor Bobby Loud, a family member who spoke at the service.
LeFlore leaves behind a wife, young son and hundreds of relatives and friends. LeFlore’s death has drawn an entire community closer together. Religious leaders called for the community to do better when it comes to reporting information on crime.
“If you see something, say something. Stop that mess of snitches get stitches. How ‘bout if you don’t say something, you gonna get some stitches.”
One of the most emotional moments of the service is when LeFlore’s son, 5-year-old Kyle Jr., followed his father’s casket out of the church.
“Right now all he knows is his father is dead. Our war hero is dead. The man he looked up to, the man that he lived for is dead. He’s coping with it. He’ll get thought it. He’s five,” said Kyle’s father, Kay LeFlore.
The man accused of killing LeFlore is being held without bond on a first degree murder charge.