Grady Lane, 35, was a family man who volunteered at Washington Elementary School and took his children on walks around the neighborhood, his brother and a neighbor said.
Saturday morning, Lane's wife discovered him upstairs at their home in the 500 block of North Wabash, near Central and Washington, fatally shot in the head.
She called police at about 7 a.m. after looking for him when she woke up and found he wasn't downstairs, police said.
Police are investigating the death as an apparent homicide.
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Police said they received reports of gunshots in the neighborhood — a primarily industrial area — at about 11 p.m. Friday, but did not find anything. It's not known whether the two incidents are related.
Rich Lane, standing across the street from the white two-story house with the American flag where his brother lived, said he was angry.
"Somebody shot him," Lane said. "He doesn't bother nobody."
Besides his wife, Grady Lane leaves behind two children, ages 8 and 2, his brother said. He was a carpenter.
Every day, Grady Lane took out a stroller and took his children for a walk in the neighborhood, said neighbor Robert Anderson.
"He was a pretty dedicated father," Anderson said.
Lane grew up in Wichita the oldest of three children, his brother said. He loved his wife and children. And he served as vice president of the parent-teacher organization at Washington Elementary.
"He was always at school," Rich Lane said. "He'd read to kids at the school in the morning.
"He wasn't into gangs; he wasn't into (any) type of illegal activity."