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Fayetteville police investigating war veteran's shooting death

Posted November 26, 2012
Updated November 27, 2012

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— Fayetteville police are investigating the death of a Vietnam War veteran whose body was found behind a Krispy Kreme Sunday night.

Wolfgang Joppich, 67, was found shot in the chest shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday on Tally Ho Drive and was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives said Monday that they believe robbery might have been a motive. On Monday, they found Joppich's wallet and some other personal items in a dumpster on Pedro Drive.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information about the crime to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483- 8477.

They are also asking for the public's help in finding his next of kin.

"I'm asking for help. I'm asking anybody out there who can give (any information about the crime)," detective Ronnie Hutchins said at a news conference. "What you think may not be much, what you think is not important will be important."

Joppich was known to frequent the area of Bragg Boulevard to feed feral cats, police said.

Wolfgang Joppich Police probe war veteran's shooting death

Those who knew him said he was also a regular customer at the doughnut shop, on Bragg Boulevard, and used to go there every night "like clockwork."

He grew up in Germany and served in the Army for 16 years. Afterward, he became homeless and lived in his van for years.

Last year, a Christian ministry, Operation Inasmuch, provided him a home, which he shared with his housemate, Robert Scarboro.

Scarboro described Joppich as a "gentle soul" who often would take books and magazines to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Fayetteville.

"He was peaceful. He was loving," Scarboro said. "He would tell people on the streets that were homeless and hungry where they could be fed."

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  • CharmedLife Nov 28, 11:23 a.m.

    My heart goes out to his family & his friends. Sounds as if this man was a good-hearted person. Why would someone do something like this, especially to a Vet?! The person who done this is a terrible terrible low life!!! This terrible low life blankety-blank just ruined somebody's holiday!!

  • Scubagirl Nov 27, 5:14 p.m.

    Condolences to this man's friends and anyone who may have cared for him.

    I just HAVE to ask......WHAT kind of person robs and murders a HOMELESS man-ANY homeless man? Why would anyone think they would be 'worth' robbing? Unless he knew him and knew when he got his check cashed or usually had money on him. Some people are beyond the lowest of the low

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 27, 11:23 a.m.

    You're praying to god to punish them? Sorry. God does not punish, god loves and forgives everyone. If god sends the ones you were told were bad to the other false god that doesn't exist for doing something bad and this false god sends the good ones to heaven that sounds like they are working together. And why would this false god who you give power to by thinking they exist treat the ones sent to him badly when they did what he wanted? We are here to learn to control our emotions which is why we are given the" bad" things. Y'all are failing.

    Sounds like you some kind of agenda, Uhavenoclu.

  • bluecanary Nov 26, 7:13 p.m.

    This is so awful. He was such a sweet, kind man. I hope that whoever did this is found very soon and brought to justice. RIP Wolf.

  • Uhavenoclu Nov 26, 6:03 p.m.

    God bless him .

    Praying whomever did this is caught quickly and is dealt with harshly.

    You're praying to god to punish them? Sorry. God does not punish, god loves and forgives everyone. If god sends the ones you were told were bad to the other false god that doesn't exist for doing something bad and this false god sends the good ones to heaven that sounds like they are working together.
    And why would this false god who you give power to by thinking they exist treat the ones sent to him badly when they did what he wanted?
    We are here to learn to control our emotions which is why we are given the" bad" things.
    Y'all are failing.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 26, 5:37 p.m.

    JPCC - "FAYETTENAM. ALL OVER AGAIN."

    How so?

    Vietnam didn't consist of dealing with a bunch of low life thvgs wanting something for nothing, and taking it from you by force, sometimes fatal force, if you didn't just hand it over to them.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 26, 5:36 p.m.

    Awww, unwanted animals lost a champion today.

    God bless him, and God, please send these animals another Earthbound Angel to help them.

    Praying whomever killed this man is caught quickly, and is dealt with harshly.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Nov 26, 5:27 p.m.

    FAYETTENAM. ALL OVER AGAIN. Makes me want to leave this city. BTW, there is only Krispy Kreme in Fayetteville, on BB. Businesses need to step us, but they can't deal with the crime! My bank of over 20 years has shut it's doors on BB... Drive thru only. That about sums it up. There is nowhere safe to walk on BB...nowhere.

  • Uhavenoclu Nov 26, 4:53 p.m.

    You know who was critisized and called names and put down by the matrialistic closed minded ones who expected him to live their ways and beliefs by stealing his spirit and murdering his true self. But he forgave them because they did not know what they were doing for they were so blind to see. He went into his tomb and found himself inside where the kingdom of God Heaven really are and not in the sky. Then herose above them all.
    Spirits don't go to the sky birds do. Ask and ye shall recieve who killed him, not maybe in words but other ways you will get the answer.

  • hollylama Nov 26, 4:31 p.m.

    Uhave is just on a different wavelength. Same direction, just different wavelength. He's analyzing from a macro perspective.

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