Two Dead in Double Homicide on 40th and Lake Streets

Leah Uko

OMAHA (KPTM) - Omaha Police Department's public information officer Michael Pecha confirmed, Sunday, that two people died near 40th and Lake Streets in what police are investigating as a homicide.

Pecha said officers responded to a radio call around 2:30 p.m. to 4010 Grant to look into a report about a person being down. When officers arrived they found two bodies inside a building located near 40th and Lake streets.

This is the same area a shot spotter detected "shots fired" around the same time.

Police are investigating this as a homicide.

Bystanders said there is a business inside the building police found the two dead bodies. They said it is called "Genuine Auto Body" and the owner's name is Carlos Morales. Police have not confirmed whether or not Morales is one of the people who died in this homicide. Family and friends of Morales said it was him.

Morales' nephew Ryan Stander said his uncle was extremely nice and extremely helpful. Stander said Morales would help anyone if he could.

"He was a good guy. He helped me out a lot--his family," Stander said. "Guns don't solve nothing. Weapons don't solve nothing. There's a time and place to use a gun and that's for like hunting. Not for going around killing people. It's not right. It's not meant to be."

Earlier, the block became crowded with people trying to figure out what happened. Many of them were friends and customers of Morales--an automobile painter people described as a "talented artist". But others were former employees.

"It was great working there. He taught me how to sand cars and paint and stuff like that," said David Waites, who worked with Morales over the summer. "I never really did all auto body work before until I met him. He didn't take me as that kind of guy. Everybody liked him--everyone that I saw."

Pecha did not say how the two people were killed. He said investigators hope to identify the bodies some time Monday.