Friends and family gather for a celebration of life for Kupa Mleya

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Family and friends came together to celebrate the life of Zimbabwean native Kupa Mleya Saturday afternoon for a memorial service that gathered friends and family together.

The 38-year-old was shot and killed on December 23, in Lincoln.

The memorial took place at O’ Rourke’s Tavern where friends said he sometimes went to enjoy himself with his ‘Righteous Piles’ motorcycle club buddies.

To honor him, motorcycles lined up on O Street to represent the activity that Mleya often enjoyed.

But one bike in-particular stood out among the lineup, Mleya’s black Harley Davidson with the American flag attached to the back.

Motorcycle club friend of ten years, Collin Post, shared what he’ll miss most about Mleya.

“His smile and his laugh, forever. He’s the true definition of freedom and he loved being here and he loved sharing his life with ours.
He would tell us things about his life back home and it was very intimate, he was like that with everyone. It’s not just me, everyone loved him and everyone has there on version of what made him special.”

The memorial served as a celebration of life with laughter and many remembering the good times they shared with Mleya.

Friends say that’s exactly the way he would have wanted it.

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