Murder Victim Was A “Devoted And Loving Father”

OMAHA (KPTM) –The call came in as an assault, but early Thursday morning officers responding to the scene found an Omaha man dead in his own driveway.

Police carefully lifted the body of 39-year-old Peter Barges from the pavement. Officers were sent to the area south of 71st and Lake around 2 o’clock Thursday morning after someone called 911 to report an altercation. “Just shocking,” said one neighbor.

Police went door-to-door looking for information, but neighbors KPTM talked to say they didn’t see or hear anything.

One man says police told him Barges had been stabbed to death. “I see him mostly everyday. You know he always waved when he’d go by and you know I always waved back. He was real friendly. I couldn’t see that happening to him. He never bothered anybody,” said Willie Williams.

Family members call Barges a devoted and loving father. His ex-wife Angie Barges says their 10-year-old son Jake was “the light of Pete’s life.” She says relatives are saddened and shocked beyond belief that a member of their family was taken from them in such a way.

Barges was also active in the community. “It’s just a real deep sadness for me,” said the principal of Jake’s school.

Barges coached his son’s soccer team and intramural basketball team at Saint Pius X / Saint Leo School. Principal Joyce Gubbels says Barges went out of his way to help others. “Just know him as a real warm and friendly man, really caring about his son, you know wanting the best for him,” she said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Omaha police are asking anyone with information to make an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers. The number is 444-STOP or go to

Omaha Security, Inc. is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the person or persons responsible.

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