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Holly Springs man found shot to death

Posted June 16, 2010

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— A Holly Springs man was killed in a shooting at a Burlington apartment complex, Burlington police said Wednesday.

Police responded to a shots fired call at the Parliament House Apartments, at 2006 Trail Two, just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found Rodney Joe Bigelow, 24, lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshots. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing a greenish-blue Ford or Mercury style four-door vehicle leave the parking lot soon after the gunfire.

One person was taken into custody. No charges have been filed.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in this case.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the vehicle spotted at the scene should call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500 or Alamance County Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100.

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  • jepark Jun 17, 2010

    ....all of you who are talking about a drug deal gone wrong need to shut up....end of story....you guys didn't knbow him....he was like my older brother...he was one of the kindest men i ever knew and did not deservet die...so get down off your high horse and see the heart of the matter....a man is dead...he left behind a wife and friends...does it matter if there were drugs involved or not....he was a good man and a friend

  • Nancy Jun 17, 2010

    Pulsar, thanks. He and his wife were trying to get pregnant too. They were both hard workers and his level of dedication as an employee couldn't be matched, so much so that my daughter made him an Asst Mgr just recently. He deserved it, he was that good. I'm 1,000 miles away and can't be there to console my daughter and other employees that she says are just hurting so. Everyone loved him.

  • pulstar40 Jun 17, 2010

    I hate to see that everyone is jumping to the conclusion that it was a drug deal gone wrong. I'm glad you posted Nancy so that others can see the other side.

  • Nancy Jun 17, 2010

    This young man, a gentle soul in every sense of the word worked for my daughter. He was a phenomenal guy! Recently married, they had just bought a home, worked hard every day, could be counted on without fail. The entire staff is devastated as am I, as I too loved him as a person and as an employee my daughter thought the world of. This is beyond crushing.

  • pulstar40 Jun 17, 2010

    I heard that he was married too.

  • wildcat Jun 17, 2010

    What a tangled web ones weeds. Young people every day learns the hard way. Most don't live to see 30. How sad is that? If they had the right raising and attend church, maybe these killings would not happen. My condolences to the family.

  • bunrsbecki49 Jun 17, 2010

    This is just information. Bigelow lived and grew up in Burlington. Graduated from High School in Burlington. Has family that still lives in Burlington. Every crime that happens does not involve a drug buy. Even if drugs were involved, no one deserves to die lone in a parking lot.

  • kikinc Jun 17, 2010

    Seems an awful far way to drive for some drugs.

  • welfare blows Jun 17, 2010

    second that motion, holly springs man drove to burlington to get his dope or either pay up and things did go as planned.

  • ncguy Jun 17, 2010

    Drug deal gone bad