Family members grieve the loss of Albert Thomas


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police confirmed they are investigating a fatal stabbing in southeast Wichita. It happened after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 3400 block of East Munger.

Family members identified the victim in the stabbing as 62-year-old Albert Thomas.

The niece of Thomas, Latrice, spoke to KSN’s Amanda Aguilar off camera, but said the world lost a man with the biggest heart.

Thomas was a son, a father, a brother, an uncle, a cousin and a grandfather — many things to many people.

“I lost my dad a couple years ago, and that was my dad,” shared Latrice. “He stepped in his place.” 

On Easter Sunday, several family members gathered outside the home they said Thomas was found dead inside. Many of them sharing memories they had with him.

“He was the rock,” Latrice said. “He took care of his family.”

Three words couldn’t describe the type of man Thomas was.

“Oh man! That’s crazy. There’s so many,” Latrice said with a smile on her face.

Thomas was selfless.

“He was a good person, you know. He had a good heart,” said Latrice.

Thomas was the life of every party.

“He was so funny,” Latrice recalled. “He had personality out of this world.”

As family members continue to grieve, they know Thomas will always be their light in a dark room.

“He was loved,” Latrice said. “He was definitely loved, and he will be so missed.”

According to jail booking records, 53-year-old Keith Thurman was booked into on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection to the deadly stabbing. 

Police tell KSN News that the investigation revealed Thurman and Thomas were involved in a fight.

During the fight, Thurman allegedly stabbed Thomas mutliple times. 

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. 

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