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NC serviceman killed helping woman attacked at SC bar

Posted July 25, 2016
Updated July 26, 2016

— Two United States service men, including a North Carolina native, were killed early Sunday morning coming to the aid of a woman being attacked at a South Carolina bar.

The mother-in-law of Jonathan Prins was still very emotional Monday evening and said her son-in-law was an awesome man.

Prins, 29, and 40-year-old Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr. were both gunned down at the Frayed Knot bar in Lexington County, South Carolina.

Prins is a native of the Cleveland area and attended West Johnston High School.

According to the owner of the bar where the shooting happened, the men were trying to help a woman being attacked by her boyfriend. Police said Joseph Mills was chasing his girlfriend with a gun and started beating her before opening fire on the crowd. Many of the patrons fled, but Prins and Judge stayed back to help the woman.

Police said Mills eventually shot and killed both men.

Mills faced a judge Monday and bail was denied in his case.

A Go Fund Me account set up for the Prins family said he was a husband and father of three young children. The account is aimed at raising enough money to send his children to Disney World, which is something he always wanted to do. More than $11,000 had been raised as of Monday night.


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  • Landon Douglas Jul 28, 2016
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    It has always been my belief, that any civilian, who murders an active duty serviceman or woman, should be tried in a military court. The crime committed, was not a civilian crime, in my eyes. This was a crime against our heroes in uniform. Let the military have this jackwad. Let him find out what kind of punishment is handed out in a military murder trial. This is just my own opinion. You don't have to agree people.

  • Golden Grahams Jul 26, 2016
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    I've seen time and time again were most men just walk away or ignore when a woman is being beaten in public by a man, so I think what these two men did was very brave, especially in this day and time. Times have changed and people kill first and sometimes think about it later. For their sake, I wish they would have called the cops instead. Now we have three grieving families vs. one and all for what. Prayers to the families.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jul 26, 2016
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    I said it on another article, time for the system to Godsmack this joker and put him down, not away, down, like a rabid animal.