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Maryann Kauffman says she and son doing well; fund raiser planned

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

Maryann Kauffman, the widow of slain Rowan County firefighter says that she and her son Landon are doing well, and she is still overwhelmed by the support she is receiving from the community.

"We're both doing good," Kauffman told WBTV.   "There are good and bad days, but God is showing himself so faithful."

Kauffman's husband, Marcus was killed in December after arriving home from vacation during a home break-in.

The couple noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near their home that appeared to be broken-down. Marcus dropped his wife off at a near-by friend's house, and returned to offer assistance.

Kauffman returned to discover that the people at the car appeared to be removing items from his home. Some of those items, including a computer and a hand gun officials say may have been used in the shooting, have since been recovered.

He called 911 to report the incident, but during the conversation, told the dispatcher that shots were being fired before the call was lost.

Kauffman was found in his car with a very severe gunshot wound to the back of his head.  The car had crashed into a tree.  He was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center but died several weeks after the shooting.

In the following two weeks, four people were arrested in connection to the case.

Deputies say 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart turned himself in at the Rowan County Magistrate's Office on three days later and was charged with accessory after fact.

Jalend Daquan Turner, 19, was arrested four days after the shooting and charged with attempted murder. Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, was also arrested. He is charged with accessory after the fact.

Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, was arrested in the Newton-Conover area a week after the shooting. He is charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm

After Kauffman died, the charges on McClelland and Turner were upgraded to first degree murder. They received no bond.

The charges against Hart and Teasley were also upgraded to accessory after the fact to first degree murder. 

Deputies say 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart turned himself in at the Rowan County Magistrate's Office on three days later and was charged with accessory after fact.

Jalend Daquan Turner, 19, was arrested four days after the shooting and charged with attempted murder. Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, was also arrested. He is charged with accessory after the fact.

Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, was arrested in the Newton-Conover area a week after the shooting. He is charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm.

After Kauffman died, the charges on McClelland and Turner were upgraded to first degree murder. They received no bond.

The charges against Hart and Teasley were also upgraded to accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

In March, Maryann Kauffman gave birth to healthy 7 lb 5 oz Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman.

"Landon couldn't be healthier (or chubbier, for that matter,) and I have so much good support from people around me," Kauffman said on Thursday.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from family, friends, and strangers who became familiar with Kauffman's story.

On Saturday another fundraiser is planned.  A charity motorcycle ride and pancake breakfast are planned.

The event begins at the Applebee's at 115 Glenway Drive in Statesville from 7:00am until 10:00 am.

The escorted ride will begin at 11 at the same location and end in Salisbury at the West Side Plaza, formerly the Salisbury Mall, on Statesville Boulevard.

The event will include door prizes, a raffle, and a display of emergency vehicles.

It's just the kind of event that Maryann Kauffman says has meant so much to her.

"Not only by my family, and people I know, but also people who I've never even met," Kauffman added.   "It's overwhelming. I'm so thankful."

 

 

 

 

 

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