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'We just lost him so soon': Family mourns fallen MPD officer

Posted: 9:42 PM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 23:17:02-04
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Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her had a long career ahead of him in a job he dreamed of pursuing from the time he was young.

He dedicated his life to protecting others whether it was in his job with District 4 or his family and friends.

Leah Yang and the rest of her siblings are still processing the loss of their brother, Kou Her. He was one of nine — the second youngest in the family.

“I’m very proud of him. I’m very proud of him. We just lost him so soon, just all of a sudden he was taken away from us,” Yang said. “He is the most loving brother anyone can ever ask for.”

He was just 27-years-old, when he was killed in a crash at 60th and Capitol while heading home from work early Tuesday morning. This place of work was the Milwaukee Police Department with District 4, where he spent two years in a job he loved.

“His passion was to be a police officer,” Yang said.

Officer Her’s brother, Kong, says all he ever wanted to do was serve others.

“When we were just young growing up you know 12, 13, 14, he always talked about being a cop, and I was like yeah I didn’t think he would go for it, but I think he was born to do that,” he said. “He never second-guessed it.”

No matter where Officer Her was, he was the jokester.

“He brightens everybody’s day. He just loves to joke. Everywhere he goes, everybody loves him,” Yang said.

He was also the guy who would do anything for his family, including his nieces and nephews.

“Whatever you ask he always would come help you no matter what,” his brother, Mike said.

Now heartbroken by this loss, they’re remembering the good times and leaning on each other to pull through.

“I’m just so torn apart that he’s just not with us anymore,” Kong Her said.

A vigil is scheduled for Monday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at 60th and Capitol.

Officer Her will be laid to rest on June 29.