A positive outlook, a love of family and strong faith in God were the hallmarks that propelled Kyle LeFlore to a successful career in the Army, his father said Tuesday.
LeFlore, 27, was fatally shot outside the Reign Lounge in the Florence neighborhood about 1:45 a.m. Saturday. He was rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.
“He was a very positive person who would help anyone,” said his father, Kay LeFlore of Omaha. “He wanted to make the Army his career. He wanted to give something back to the neighborhood and to the world. He loved his country, and he loved God.”
A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, at the Greater Beth-el Temple, 1502 N. 52nd St. Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler, 7805 West Center Road.
Speaking at his clothing store, LeFlore’s New Look Fashion, Kay LeFlore said he believes his son was being robbed outside the lounge.
“They wanted his gold necklace and bracelet,” the elder LeFlore said he has heard. “He gave them the necklace, and they said they would take his wedding ring because it had diamonds.”
LeFlore believes his son couldn’t get the ring off his finger. He thinks the robber may have gotten nervous.
“They must have started to panic,” he said. “They shot Kyle twice in the chest.”
Kyle LeFlore, who was a sergeant in the Army, was just 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.
Kyle LeFlore was born and raised in Omaha, his father said, graduating from Northwest High in 2007. He was a member of the school’s wrestling team, earning two trips to the state tournament.
At age 13, Kyle began working at the family store near 24th and Decatur Streets. He was well-liked by customers.
“He was my best salesman,” his father said. “He was always well-dressed and well-mannered. He never did drugs and never had a bad word to say about anything.”
In addition to his father and mother, Monica, Kyle LeFlore is survived by his wife, Tasha; a son, Kyle Jr.; brothers Camren and Gabriel LeFlore; and sisters Kandy LeFlore and Malena Pachano, all of Omaha.