Police have arrested a suspect in the slaying last weekend of an Army soldier in Omaha.
Larry Goynes, 27, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Friday night in connection with the slaying of Kyle LeFlore, 27.
Omaha police obtained an arrest warrant earlier Friday charging Goynes with first-degree murder. Gang unit officers apprehended Goynes without incident.
LeFlore was fatally shot outside the Reign Lounge in the Florence neighborhood about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.
Police told LeFlore’s father, Kay LeFlore, of the arrest Friday afternoon.
“I’m fairly relieved that they have the killer of my son in custody, under arrest,” Kay LeFlore said shortly after getting the news.
Kay LeFlore has said he believes that his son was attacked in a robbery. Kyle LeFlore was rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.
LeFlore, a staff sergeant in the Army, was days from moving to Arizona for a promotion. He was back in Omaha for a couple of weeks, visiting family and friends over the holidays before taking on the new position, his family said.
He recently had returned from a tour of duty in South Korea. Earlier, his father said, he served two tours in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.
Soldiers in South Korea remembered LeFlore on Thursday as a born champion, reported the military publication Stars and Stripes.
“I’ve never met anybody with so much confidence — sometimes unrealistic confidence — but he really believed he could do anything he put his mind to,” Sgt. Ryan McChesney told the newspaper.
LeFlore’s intensity led to some lighter moments.
“Every morning he would come into the office and kick the door in and clear the room with a pretend rifle or pistol,” McChesney said.
LeFlore was a fan of combat sports who founded the 25th Infantry Division’s combative program in Hawaii. He also boxed for the All-Army team at Fort Riley, Kansas, the outlet reported.
Services are set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greater Beth-el Temple, 1502 N. 52 St. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 1 p.m. at Omaha National Cemetery.
The homicide unit is still investigating the case.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the homicide unit at 444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP, at www.omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app.