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Ex-UNC football player faces murder charge

Posted March 5, 2012
Updated March 6, 2012

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— A former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player is accused of killing a Charlotte man during a fight Saturday night.

Police said that Kenan Wells Gay, 23, and Robert Edward Kingston III, 26, got into fight in Ed's Tavern on Park Road in Charlotte. The fight spilled outside, police said, and Kingston was pushed into the road and struck by a passing 2007 BMW 335i.

A medic pronounced Kingston dead at the scene.

Gay was charged with murder and denied bond. A Sanford native, he was a walk-on on the UNC football team in 2007, graduated in 2010 and is now a second-year student at the Charlotte School of Law.

Police said the BMW driver, who stopped and called 911, will not be charged.

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  • Its the who what Mar 7, 2012

    The fact of the matter is that it does not matter who his family is, where they live, how proud they are or whatever, he is a murderer plain and simple. Dont try to soften what he did. He may have been a hot head for years. I just dont think that you push someone into a street of moving cars unintentionally.

  • zacharyasbill Mar 6, 2012

    Praying for Kenan. I have known him for years and I know that he would never do this intentionally. A simple temporary lapse in judgement.

  • renaedeacon Mar 5, 2012

    I would need to know a bit more before I would be willing to say he was guilty of murder. With cause and effect I would say yeah, he did cause his death in a sense. HOWEVER... was his intent sufficient enough to charge him with murder. I guess general intent would be sufficient, but did he have specific intent to cause this guys death. This is a truly sad thing no doubt and I'll be praying for the victim's family.

  • Inter Alios Mar 5, 2012

    There is no way on earth this young man would ever knowingly push another human being into the path of an oncoming car. This is a sad situation for all concerned, but it is not murder. My prayers go out to the families of both these young men.

  • rlee1117 Mar 5, 2012

    Comments :: Ex-UNC football player faces murder charge
    Ex-UNC football player faces murder charge It's just the news sturge. I only stated that how unc fans react to everything that is said about other former players from other teams. No one said it was not sad!

  • anon2000 Mar 5, 2012

    "May i say just a little something. The Gay family is in a great deal of pain at the moment. Their son may have made an error in judgement. However, theirs is a close and proud family. Their family has been a mainstay in Sanford for 3 generations. The family has donated time and resourses to help this community. All of the sons are good kids and the parents are above reproach. So, lay off all this unc garbage and focus on the simple fact. A man lost his life. That is the real tragedy and Kenan for what ever role he played in it, will have to live with this for the rest of his life." - sturge

    thank you.

  • sturge Mar 5, 2012

    May i say just a little something. The Gay family is in a great deal of pain at the moment. Their son may have made an error in judgement. However, theirs is a close and proud family. Their family has been a mainstay in Sanford for 3 generations. The family has donated time and resourses to help this community. All of the sons are good kids and the parents are above reproach. So, lay off all this unc garbage and focus on the simple fact. A man lost his life. That is the real tragedy and Kenan for what ever role he played in it, will have to live with this for the rest of his life.

  • rlee1117 Mar 5, 2012

    Just another example of people getting drunk and how it effects you making the right choices. sad sad sad

  • anon2000 Mar 5, 2012

    "Don't defend someone's actions just because you were not present to see and decide for yourself." - jmwbrd

    I know far more about this horrible situation than you are assuming I do. I will not give any details about how or what I know, I am simply saying do not judge or believe everything you read.

  • rlee1117 Mar 5, 2012

    OK where are all those UNC people that had so many comments on the State basketball players that were charged a while back. Oh btw they were found not guilty! just a FYI.

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