Who were 18-year-old Haile Kifer of Little Falls and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady of Randall — shot multiple times in what authorities called a “cold-blooded” slaying after they apparently broke into Byron Smith’s home on Thanksgiving Day?
Many television and newspaper outlets have had daily stories on the details of the double homicide, which is being investigated by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. Byron Smith was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder with the Morrison County District Court in connection to the case.
But who were Kifer and Brady? The teens, who were cousins, attended the Little Falls Community High School. However, Brady transferred to Pillager High School this fall. Kifer was a senior and Brady was a junior.
Clint Nouis, a Little Falls junior, was a friend of Brady’s. Nouis said in a telephone interview that Brady enjoyed lifting weights and that they liked to “drive around town.” Nouis said that Brady enjoyed playing Xbox and one of his favorite games was “Call of Duty.”
“He was more of a leader than a follower,” Nouis said of Brady. “He was more outspoken ... He liked to tell people his opinions. He was pretty blunt about it.”
According to the obituary for Brady from Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls, Brady was born on March 21, 1995 in Little Falls, to Jason and Kimberly (Schaeffel) Brady. He enjoyed wrestling, taekwondo, strength and fitness training, hunting, fishing, camping, four-wheeling and working on his cars and four wheelers. The obituary said, “He also enjoyed a good laugh and his smile could light up a room. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.”
According to the obituary for Kifer by Emblom Brenny, she was born on Oct. 17, 1994, in Little Falls, to Jay and Jenny (Brady) Kifer. She enjoyed wrestling from kindergarten through fifth grade and then she kept stats for the wrestling team. She also was involved in gymnastics, diving, softball and cross country. The obituary said, “She was a very competitive person in all her sporting events competing even when she was injured. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with her family and friends.” Kifer also worked several part-time jobs.
Funeral services for the teens is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Little Falls.