Omaha gunfire claims the life of a soldier on a visit home

Published: Jan. 6, 2018 at 6:39 AM CST
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Army Sgt. Kyle LeFlore survived overseas tours unscathed before Omaha gunfire took his life early Saturday morning during a brief visit home. Police are hunting for his killer while his family looks for answers.

Omaha police say LeFlore, 27, died at the hospital after being shot outside a metro bar.

The gunfire broke out shortly after 1 a.m. at the Reign Bar, in the 8900 block of North 30th Street, just south of I-680.

Authorities arrived on the scene and found LeFlore unresponsive. The rescue team initiated CPR before he was taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

As police try to identify the killer, Sgt. Leflore's family is trying to come to grips with how this happened.

Kyle's father, Kay LeFlore, spoke with 6 News about his son and told us, "He had an amazing personality that resonated with whoever he was involved with, uh, everybody liked him. No one - he didn't have any enemies. He didn't have an enemy in the world."

He said the love that surrounded his son was pervasive. "It just makes this day that much blacker that he's gone."

Kay LeFlore told us, “He could have lost his life in Afghanistan, two tours in Afghanistan. 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.”

In addition to being a soldier, LeFlore was a husband and father. The high school sweetheart who became his wife followed him into the Army. She has a 16 hour flight from Seoul to Omaha where she will break the news to their 5-year-old son.

Kay LeFlore said, “His little boy, he is amazing. Five-years-old. He’s going to grow up without a father, and why?"

Circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the OPD Homicide Unit at 444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.

Anyone providing tips leading to the arrest of a homicide suspect is eligible for an enhanced reward of up to $25,000.

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