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ECU student charged in Bragg soldier's death

Posted November 2, 2011

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— An East Carolina University student surrendered to the Pitt County magistrate Wednesday, one day after he was named a suspect in the stabbing death of an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, Greenville police said.

Christopher W. Brauer, 19, of Durham, was charged with murder, police said. He was being held at the Pitt County jail under a $1 million bond.

Investigators say Brauer stabbed Pfc. Keyonn Parkin, 19, of Wichita, Kan., during an altercation outside a party at the Pirate Place Townhomes, at 1508 S. Charles Blvd., early Saturday.

Brauer allegedly confronted Parkin's friend, Robert Michael Perry, also a Fort Bragg soldier, about a wallet that was taken from one of the bedrooms of the apartment. When Parkin intervened to help Perry, Brauer pulled out a knife and stabbed him, investigators said.

Perry, 19, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor larceny. 

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  • LovemyPirates Nov 3, 2011

    I don't think this is a general safety issue. This was an incident where one guy stabbed another and was probably fueled by alcohol and the presence of a knife. Had Mr. Brauer not had the knife, then there would have been no death. The comments about race are a distraction and more likely are being made by white people who want to find blame in others or justification in their prejudice.

  • aprilhunter220 Nov 3, 2011

    What I am worried about more is the safety of my own daughter that lives there. I could care less if it was a purple person that killed a pink one. People get over this and think safety comes first.

  • G-man Nov 3, 2011

    so only the black kids were violently drunk? guess the white kid was just there sipping on sprite huh? wakemom

    Didn't say he wasn't. The other poster stated the white kid was the violent drunk however. I imagine most there were drunk. I also imagine that the two soldiers got quiet threatening towards the guy when he confronted them also.

  • wakemom Nov 3, 2011

    So "Its the who what", why shouldn't this little kid be able to protect himself against these TWO violent drunks as you say, one of which had already stolen his wallet?? Or do you imagine that they were just having a nice social conversation over being busted for stealing the wallet?
    G-man

    so only the black kids were violently drunk? guess the white kid was just there sipping on sprite huh?

  • G-man Nov 3, 2011

    So "Its the who what", why shouldn't this little kid be able to protect himself against these TWO violent drunks as you say, one of which had already stolen his wallet?? Or do you imagine that they were just having a nice social conversation over being busted for stealing the wallet?

  • tamiya_stars Nov 2, 2011

    Hopefully the Army will take care of court marshalling the thief soldier whose actions led to this in the first place.

  • LovemyPirates Nov 2, 2011

    What a shame!

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 2, 2011

    Sad that a simple thing like this lead to someone being killed. Wonder what happen to the wallet, down in the back of the couch seat?

  • YeahISaidIt Nov 2, 2011

    It is a shame that peoples logic change based on skin tone. I have read so many comments on this site and others that always link back to race. why is it never just about right or wrong. Black people are not the only one killing and murdering people in america. please google murder/suicide, child rape and all these other types of crimes and see what demographic pops up. Stop throwing stones if you yourself live in a glass house. it really disgust me that we still have that mentality in this day and age. I truly get tired of the ignorant comments i hear whenever something happens in durham and its someone of AA race. Maybe I will start posting some links to the depraved things that others do thats outside of durham to let you know that not only one race commits crimes. Free your mind people. As for this guy, he should have called the cops if wallet was stolen. Want to know why he didnt? UNDERAGE DRINKING!!! they were all doing it 9 times out of 10.

  • zacksmill Nov 2, 2011

    The wallet thief should be charged with accessory.

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