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Family searching for answers after man's body pulled from coulee

Posted at 9:10 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 11:28:52-04

The family of the man pulled from a coulee along Hillside Drive in Lafayette is looking for answers.

Kao Wokoma's body was pulled from a coulee on Friday while LCG work crews were cleaning the area. Police say they are now looking into the death as a homicide.

"I want the community and the killer to know that Kao was well loved by his family four children and his friends. We are devastated by this tragedy. How could someone so selfish take the life of someone so kind generous and caring," Kao's sister Darcas Wokoma said.

The family says they will not rest until justice is served for Kao. They continue to hope that someone will come forward with information or that the suspect or suspects turn themselves in. They are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information that will lead to an arrest.

On Monday, the family said that investigators relayed to them that Wokoma was shot in the head. Police have not confirmed those details. Kao, according to his sister, had been missing since September 13, 2020. His birthday was September 23.

The family says that people who kept up with him daily did not let them know that he had not been seen as normal.

Wokoma announced that a balloon release will be held in honor of Kao's memory on Tuesday October 6 at 5:00 pm at Girard park. The family will hold a candlelight and prayer vigil on October 9 at 7:00 pm in Girard Park.

Kao is remembered as a man who spent time with his family and friends and loved his children. His sister and friends say he was a family man and spent time with his church community.

Attorney Ron Haley who has represented the Pellerin family is representing the Wokoma family

The Village, a local activist organization, is asking for the community to come forward and be transparent in helping this family find answers. They hope that justice is served for the Wokoma's.

Lafayette Police continue to investigate the death.

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