The father of a US soldier has returned from where his son was stationed in Belarus, telling authorities that he believes his son was murdered. Witnesses saw Major Kyle Tafel, 36, who had served for 17 years in the Georgia Army National Guard, being thrown off a 10th floor balcony.
Tafel was off duty at the time, traveling to Belarus with his aunts, one of whom was competing in a weightlifting competition. Apparently, towards the end of his trip, he became involved in a scuffle with security at the casino and hotel where they were staying.
His aunts said that he barricaded them in their hotel, and went downstairs to the casino. He had told them not to let anyone in. Several hours later, Belarusian police arrived and told them that Tafel’s body was found on a nearby street.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘He told his aunts, “They were out for blood”. Out of fear, they barricaded the door so nobody could get in or out,’ said Tafel.
Three hours later, police came to the hotel and informed the two aunts that Kyle’s body was found on a nearby sidewalk.
‘Kyle’s body had been tossed off the roof or the balcony,’ said Kevin Tafel.
The father said that there has been no communication with the authorities in Belarus, according to WSB-TV.
‘I have not asked any questions, I have not received any answers. All the answers in the world is not going to bring Kyle back,’ said Kevin Tafel.
Kyle Tafel is scheduled to be buried Friday at Georgia National Cemetery.
Tafel’s father wants answers, and justice, over his son’s death. However, the authorities in Belarus are unfortunately not as efficient, and it is unlikely that they will continue to investigate the matter.