Homicide victim David Taplett enjoyed being with his children and making music, his father said Monday.
The 29-year-old Omahan died early Sunday from gunshot wounds suffered outside the StageII bar near 30th Street and Bedford Avenue, Omaha police said. Officers were called to the bar at 1:48 a.m.
Taplett, the city's seventh homicide victim of 2014, was found slumped against the side of the building. Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said Monday that no arrests had been made.
“David was a loving father and a stay-at-home dad,” said the victim's father, David Bivens of Omaha. “He spent most of his time with his kids.”
Taplett was the father of three young children. He is also survived by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.
“We'd like to find out what happened,” Bivens said. “The police told me today that they are investigating, but I don't even know what happened yet.”
Bivens said his son sometimes performed as a rapper at local concerts. “He just had a show a couple of weeks ago at the Hideout (Bar),” Bivens said. “He said that went real good.”
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