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Family says they forgive suspect in Wayne college shooting

Posted April 16, 2015

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— The family of Ron Lane said Wednesday that they forgive the man who has confessed to killing him.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil, 20, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Lane, 44, who managed the print shop at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. Funeral services were planned for Thursday afternoon.

Lane’s cousin, Steven Smith, said the death has been hard for the family to process, and they have been relying on faith to get through it.

“It’s something that should not have happened,” he said. “If it weren’t for the Lord, we couldn’t have done this today.”

Smith said the family forgives Stancil.

“Because of our belief in the Lord, we have forgiven the act that the person has done,” he said. “We don’t like what he did, but we can love all people because that is what the Lord tells us to do.”

Stancil worked for Lane as a work-study student until March, when he was dismissed for too many absences. Investigators said Stancil walked into the print shop Monday morning and shot Lane with a 12-gauge pump shotgun. He fled on a motorcycle and was captured the next morning when officers found him asleep on a beach in Volusia County, Fla.

He is scheduled to appear in a Wayne County courtroom at 4:30 p.m. Thursday after waiving extradition from Florida.

Stancil - a neo-Nazi who said he doesn’t believe in race mixing and hates gay people – said he shot Lane because the openly gay man made sexual advances toward his 16-year-old brother through Facebook.

Smith refuted the accusation that Lane was a child molester, saying he never made sexual advances toward children or anyone he worked with. He said Lane was a man who was dedicated to his family and friends. He was shy, loving and energetic, Smith said.

“Yes, Ron was gay. But people need to get over it,” Smith said. “That’s between him and the Lord, him and his savior.”

Smith said the family appreciates all the prayers they have received. They are also praying for Stancil and his family.

“Especially his mother,” Smith said. “Because she is grieving at this time also.”

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  • Edward Levy Apr 17, 2015
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    I am with you. It is up to the Lord to forgive, not man!

  • Teresa Engel Apr 17, 2015
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    Forgiveness means they are setting themselves free from dwelling on what this man did to their family member. It doesn't mean they are condoning what he did or letting him "off the hook". I am sure that while they forgive him, they think he should pay the price for what he did.

  • Sean Creasy Apr 17, 2015
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    ... More than likely they had knowledge of him sexually preying on young teenage boys and also knew it was only a matter of time before something happened to him...

  • Angie Cox Apr 17, 2015
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    how can you forgive someone who has not asked to be forgived or has shown no remorse? if someone did that to my brother and I went the appropriate channel via the law nothing would be done. it's not right that he killed the man but both men were sick. he obviously for murder and the other for taking interest in teens. the law and our justice system really needs to start proving to people that things will be dealt with. more and more people today are taking the law into their own hands because of this.

  • Quinn Satterthwaite Apr 17, 2015
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    Contact Facebook, find out if it's true.Sounds like there will be no defense lawyer so it may never be investigated.

    Seeing as the Stancil's blab everything, if the truth is to ever come out its going to be up to some enterprising reporter to show up at the Stancil's manse with a muffin basket and start asking questions. Junior will probably show off his facebook feed.

  • Daniel Corell Apr 16, 2015
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    "Stancil - a neo-Nazi who said he doesn’t believe in race mixing and hates gay people – said he shot Lane because the openly gay man made sexual advances toward his 16-year-old brother through Facebook."

    Contact Facebook, find out if it's true.

  • Anita Lambert Hawley Apr 16, 2015
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    My son was killed almost 4 years ago in a hit and run. The driver was never caught. I can honestly say I hate that POS and will never forgive him... especially for not stopping to help him!!!

  • Alexia Proper Apr 16, 2015
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    If they truly forgive him, then let him loose. Something tells me they would rather he not be out on the streets.

  • Jessica Lee Weaver Apr 16, 2015
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    While it is a sad and unfortunate situation and the faith of the victim’s family is awesome, you cannot say he was not a child molester. He was 30-32 when he started dating his boyfriend who was 15-17 years old at the time. Even if it was a mutual relationship for both parties, the State of NC still deems it a sex crime due to age alone, and that in turn makes him a child predator. Not a convicted one but one none the less. (dates and ages based on victim's FB page and news reports)

    I pray for both families and the community, as the young man has taken the life of a man and the family and community is left trying to pick up the pieces and that is tragic. Such a senseless act.

  • Mark Farmer Apr 16, 2015
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    Or "Soul Train"

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