Local News

Sanford man accused of shooting father, reporting suicide

Posted October 13, 2008

— Lee County authorities charged a man with killing his father Sunday night.

Kevin Lance Key, 26, originally called 911 and reported that his father, Eddie Leroy Key, 54, had committed suicide at their house, investigators said.

When deputies arrived at 521 Key Road, they found Eddie Key dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Kevin Key told deputies that he saw his father with a rifle to his head, authorities said. Kevin Key said he tried to get the gun from his father, but that his father fired the gun before he could grab it, officials said.

A deputy noticed the evidence didn’t match Kevin Key’s statements, authorities said. Kevin Key later admitted to killing his father in retaliation for years of abuse, officials said.

Deputies charges Kevin Key with murder and held him in the Lee County Jail under no bond.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Tarheel born Oct 13, 2008

    Inheritance......he was living in a trailer for goodness sakes!

  • therose2005 Oct 13, 2008

    mmania,i just ask a simple question where is the mother? yes i do think this is important she probably could have prevented this from getting out of hand. My chidren were in their late 20`s when they left home, it hard for young people these days to made it on their own with car payments, insurance etc.and yes i`m glad they stayed until they could afford to be on their own.

  • mmania Oct 13, 2008


    The mother? What in the world does that have to do with anything? They're talking about a 26 yr old MAN. If there was abuse, he should have been gone long ago. 8 yrs is a long time to stick around if you're getting beat on.

  • Cheeksgirl Oct 13, 2008

    This is a mess! I don't know what the world is coming to lately - kids are killing their parents and husbands are killing their wives.

    This is really sad. If he was abused then why was he living in his father's house at the age of 26????? Move out and move on - you are a grown man!

  • therose2005 Oct 13, 2008

    i posted earlier it never showed up, this seems to happen to me alot why does this happen? all i wanted to know was if anybody knew where the mother in this sad case was or is?

  • mrr03 Oct 13, 2008

    Is this a death row case?

  • Weetie Oct 13, 2008

    I too am glad someone that knows this young man commented on this story before everyone (including me) starts throwing blame.

    This sounds like something that may not have been able to be prevented...so very sad. Everyone does not have the ability to be on their own. My prayers are with the family.

  • oldrebel Oct 13, 2008

    Sad, sad story.

  • Common Sense Man Oct 13, 2008


  • charbaby Oct 13, 2008

    Sadly I had no doubt this would happen one day to be honest with you. I too went to school with him and his older brother and road the bus with him for years. He had alot of anger and just talked about how he hated his dad all the time. From what I hear he has been trying to seek help with this situation but I guess no one could direct him in the right way. I too agree he did not do it for the inheritance. Like rdc said he most likely just snapped because that's just the type of person he is. He was not in the right mind state or even mature (at 26!) enough to move away from all of this because he was not raised right. This is just a sad situation all together!