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Neighborhood Watchmen Kills 20 Year Old Leaving House Party



A North Carolina man who said he was "on the neighborhood watch" fatally shot a 20-year-old from inside his garage before telling a 911 dispatcher he was protecting his family from "hoodlums," according to Raleigh police.
Chad Copley, 39, was charged with the death of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, who police said was outside Copley's home when he was shot just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Copley is being held without bond at Wake County Detention Center, police said.
    Thomas is African-American. Copley is white.
    Police said Copley used a shotgun, but they haven't disclosed the type of shotgun or the ammo used.
    The News & Observer in Raleigh reported Monday that there was glass in Copley's yard and driveway from the blast traveling through one of the home's windows. There were also blood stains and bloody gauze a few feet from the street, the newspaper reported.
    Jalen Lewis, who hosted a party at his home, two doors down from Copley's, on the night of the shooting, said the victim was one of roughly 50 guests at the party, according to CNN affiliate WTVD

    Thomas' mother, Munyir Simone Butler Thomas, has set up a GoFundme page to cover her son's funeral costs. On the page, she said Thomas was out celebrating a move to a new apartment on the night he was killed.

    As for whether Copley was acting in a neighborhood watch capacity, Hourigan said there were many such groups in the community, but she is "unsure if that one is a registered group or not."

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