A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with the slayings of two men inside a north Omaha home earlier this week.

Nyir Kuek of Omaha faces two first-degree murder charges, two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony and one count of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.

He is charged with fatally shooting Michael Sykora, 57, and Tracy Atkins, 50.

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Prosecutor Anthony Clowe said at Kuek’s first court appearance Thursday afternoon that Kuek was at Sykora’s home at 6908 Northridge Drive late Monday night.

A witness heard Kuek and either Sykora or Atkins arguing in the basement. One person was shot twice at the bottom of the stairs, then Kuek went upstairs, shot the other person twice and fled, Clowe said.

Omaha police officers were called to the home about midnight Monday. Sykora and Atkins were pronounced dead at the scene. Kuek was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Douglas County Judge Stephanie Shearer ordered Kuek to be held without bail.

Kuek is a convicted felon. He was found guilty of possession of a stolen firearm in Cass County in a 2017 case and tampering with a witness in a 2018 Sarpy County case. Sykora and Kuek knew each other, as Sykora had helped pay some of Kuek’s court costs in one of his previous cases.

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliaconleyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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