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Corinth Holders student dies in shooting at Wendell home

Posted December 22, 2012
Updated December 23, 2012

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— A 15-year-old freshman at Corinth Holders High School died at a Wendell home Friday night after a gun went off and shot him, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said. 

According to investigators, Robert Keith Furey, 55, of the 200 block of David Road, was showing Nick Exley a gun about 9:30 p.m. when it went off and fatally injured him. 

Exley's family told WRAL that Furey's home is directly across the street from where Exley lived with his grandmother. 

"He was a 15-year-old boy that had his whole life ahead of him," Exley's aunt, Cynthia Perry, said. "School, college, girls, family, and now he's gone. And he doesn't have that chance any longer."

Exley's uncle, Brad Exley, said Nick was a rambunctious, caring young man. 

"I'll miss him greatly," Brad Exley said. 

Furey has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the incident. He was being held in the Johnson County jail Sunday under a $250,000 bond.

No other information about the incident, including the type of gun Furey had, has been released.

Furey has three convictions for driving while impaired, most recently in October 2011, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.

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  • dirkdiggler Dec 27, 5:11 p.m.

    My question is, why does this story not match the 911 call the guy's wife made when this happened? She called in, said her husband had been drinking and half asleep in his recliner when he heard a banging at the door, jolted awake from his partial slumber, and immediately shot through the door, killing the boy. She said it was an accident, and her husband thought they were in the process of being victimized in a home invasion. This is what I've heard from one of the first responders.

    I've also heard that he was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, which has been upgraded to voluntary manslaughter. WRAL, can you look into the 911 call and maybe do a story on why it differed so much from what is being reported here?

  • piene2 Dec 26, 11:59 a.m.

    "If it was thought deliberate, then the charge would be murder, wounldn't it? He killed a person by accident.

    djofraleigh"

    Stupidity could be called accidental but negligence can not.

  • djofraleigh Dec 24, 11:54 a.m.

    Is there something that indicates Mr. Furey deliberately killed the child? - comment

    If it was thought deliberate, then the charge would be murder, wounldn't it? He killed a person by accident.

  • djofraleigh Dec 24, 11:45 a.m.

    I wonder if the man was drinking at the time? Why would anyone show a gun when 'loaded.'

  • monami Dec 24, 9:31 a.m.

    Another death by gunshot. Senseless. Tragic.

    Condolences to the family...

  • FragmentFour Dec 24, 8:42 a.m.

    Terrible tragedy for everyone involved - we've had enough dead kids for a while! Odd item - why is the charge voluntary manslaughter? Is there something that indicates Mr. Furey deliberately killed the child?