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Teen charged in shooting death of Fayetteville veteran

Posted November 28, 2012
Updated November 29, 2012

— Fayetteville police have charged an 18-year-old man with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the shooting death of a Vietnam War veteran. 

Terrane Kulaia Dukes, of the 700 block of Weiss Avenue, was arrested Wednesday.

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

On Monday, investigators found Joppich's wallet and some other personal items in a dumpster on Pedro Drive.

Joppich, who was known to frequent the area of Bragg Boulevard to feed feral cats, lived out of a van for years after growing up in Germany and serving in the Army for 16 years.

In 2011, 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."

Dukes was in the Cumberland County jail without bond Wednesday night and is expected to make his first court appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday.

No other information was released, but officials from Operation Inasmuch and the Fayetteville Police Department are expected to discuss the case at a 9 a.m. press conference Thursday.

Watch the press conference live on WRAL.com beginning at 9 a.m.

Anyone with information about Joppich's death should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • NCHighlander Nov 29, 2012

    Bob3425 - We're facing a losing battle against the PC crowd. The only way this Nation can return to its founding tenets is for this country to collapse financially and from there the US can start again; you can't fix something until it's entirely broken down. twoods7

    Very glad to see that I'm not the only one completely convinced of that. Excellent post.

  • feistyredhead2001 Nov 29, 2012

    What a shame.... these people who are supposed to be picked up for what ever reason by the law have been allowed more time in the free world and take innocent lives in the process. ( I hope he gets the help he needs... ) REALLY !!!! How can you say that when he just took an innocent mans life for a few dollars! A man who once fought and served OUR country, served for YOUR freedom and ended up living in a van !!! This country, this system ... this state really needs an overhawl !

  • beachboater Nov 29, 2012

    Barber is teaching his "flock" that they are entitled to the good things in life without working for them. Everything is the fault of the majority, and the africana american community suffers at the hand of the majority. It's all about race. Never about humanity or the golden rule.

    Reverend Barber is a smart man, he has an earned PhD from Duke. He has found that he can make a good living being a talking head spewing hate and racism to the public. And it seems that WRAL will always give him a camera to speak to. There is more coverage of Barber on WRAL than in the Goldsboro news paper.

    Why should he change? He's got an successful enterprise. He is attacking the problem from the top down with always blame the other guy. He needs to be working from the bottom up with teaching some values to the "flock" that he supposedly represents.

  • 42ITUS Nov 29, 2012

    The court had an order for arrest on him last month for other felony indictments. He should have already been off the streets.

    So sad to lose a veteran like this. I hope someone will help him get honorary citizenship.

  • Trekker Nov 29, 2012

    "I hope he gets the help he needs." nitabitasmith

    Me too. The help he needs is called the death penalty.

  • Das G Nov 29, 2012

    "This is a tragedy because a man is gone and another man will no longer have a life or a chance to better his life. Our young people are in serious trouble. I hope he gets the help he needs."

    No, this is only a tragedy "because man is gone." It is not a tragedy that some young kid will no longer have a life. He made the decision to end someone's life over what is probably a small amount of money.

  • Glock07 Nov 29, 2012

    These kinds of things are proof that the focus of the NAACP remins in the WRONG places.

  • lisaclark2 Nov 29, 2012

    "Common" Our young people can only be in trouble when the gov. is providing housing for young adults who have children. We have children with children. Poor people today are no longer the hard working people, but people who do nothing with their lives but take from others because someone owes them a free life.

  • Common_Sensey Nov 29, 2012


    Sorry to disagree with you, but prison isn't that bad. My cousin is an officer at Alexander prison in the mountains, and inmates get better food, medical care, and exercise than many people leading normal lives. It's just sad.

    Also, the ones in prison for drug offenses just make more gang/drug connections inside so when they get released, they go right back to what they were doing. That's why I believe we need to include more serious crimes for the death penalty (child molestation, forcible rape, attempted murder, etc).

  • tom73b Nov 29, 2012

    He is beyond help, to kill someone in cold blood. all bets are off. I hope the next fifty years are a nightmare for him. every morning when he wakes up and he realizes this is as good as it gets for him.