Harold Frances Leate Jr.

Harold Frances Leate Jr.

The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the death of 66-year-old Harold Leate Jr. on Nov. 3.

Leate, who was a retired teacher with the Killeen Independent School District, will be buried Friday.

The sheriff’s department said it planned to send an update Thursday, but it did not do so by deadline.

In a Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department news release last week, officials said investigators were “pursuing investigative leads, and plan an arrest” in connection to Leate’s death.

That arrest will have to wait for lab results, according to the sheriff’s office.

Leate’s death is being investigated by police as a “possible homicide,” according to a news release last week by the department.

Leate was found with several stab and cut wounds at a residence in the 200 block of County Road 3355 at 3:20 p.m. Nov. 3. Officers went to the house on a possible homicide call and found Leate lying in the front yard of his home.

Leate was a longtime science and world culture teacher at Nolan Middle School in Killeen. He retired in December 2016 and was remembered as someone who always aimed to make science enjoyable for his students.

A memorial graveside service with military honors for Leate, of Kempner, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

After high school, Leate joined the U.S. Army and served for 18 years. He served overseas in both the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts during his time in the military. After the military, he continued his education, earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and his master’s degree at Concordia University.

On the weekends, he enjoyed spinning tunes as a disc jockey with mostly country and golden oldies. When he had time, he was building, fixing or repairing various things for others in need.

Survivors include his daughters, Cassandra and Cassiopia Leate; son, Harold David Leate; and eight grandchildren.

jsteers@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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Goodness, is there a MURDERER running lose among the good people of Lampasas?

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