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Durham man wanted in Bragg soldier's stabbing death

Posted November 1, 2011

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— Greenville police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a Durham man they believe stabbed an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper to death at a party early Saturday morning.

Pfc. Keyonn Parkin, 19, of Wichita, Kan., was stabbed around 12:20 a.m. outside an apartment at the Pirates Place Townhomes, at 1508 S. Charles Blvd., in Greenville. 

Police said they expect Christopher W. Brauer, 19, a student at East Carolina University, to surrender on a murder charge.

Robert Michael Perry, 19, also a Bragg soldier, went to the party with Parkin, investigators said. As he was leaving, Perry allegedly stole a wallet from the bedroom where he had put his coat. Perry left the apartment through a back door, where he was confronted by residents and other party guests, police said.

Parkin, unaware that Perry had taken a wallet, heard the confrontation from the front of the building and rushed to his friend's defense against Brauer, police said. At some point, Brauer pulled out a knife and stabbed Parkin, police said.

The knife police believe was used in the crime has been found, but not at the scene. Investigators did not release where the knife was found.

The wallet was recovered by residents at the scene, police said, and Perry has been charged with misdemeanor larceny.

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  • Deb1003 Nov 2, 2011

    The man has finally been arrested.

  • Deb1003 Nov 2, 2011

    My condolences to Parkin's family and friends.

  • hunter38 Nov 2, 2011

    tangled web of bad decisions made by everyone involved

  • Legally Here Nov 2, 2011

    very sad

  • Just the facts mam Nov 2, 2011

    Everyone needs to understand that actions have consequences. A small act of stealing a wallet eventually results in a persons death.

  • hellorhighwaters Nov 1, 2011

    Seems to me that the only person that was a friend was Parkin.
    Unfortunattely, his friendship costed him his life. I hope his friend Perry sees and understands what his 'nor thinking actions' cost.

    Both 19 years old; life ahead of them. A good life ahead of them. But only one will be able to marry, have children, grow old, and watch the grands grow up. That's just a little of what Perry's 'nor thinking act' will cost.

    MY PRAYERS TO THIS YOUNG MAN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS, WHO WAS TAKEN FROM US ALL MUCH TOO EARLY IN LIFE. GOD BE WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY THOUGH THIS SORROWFUL TIME. AMEN