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Man, shot defending wife during robbery, dies

Posted July 9, 2010
Updated July 13, 2010

— A 78-year-old man has died of injuries he suffered in a shootout last month with three men trying to rob his wife, a clerk at a Lakeview convenience store.

Deputy Neil Godfrey with the Moore County Sheriff's Office said Angus Kelly died Friday morning at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he had been listed in critical condition since the June 28 robbery.

Friends said Kelly often waited outside the Exxon Short Stop Food Mart to protect his 75-year-old wife whenever she was the last one working at the store.

He had driven up to the store that night to see three men robbing his wife at gunpoint. He fired a shotgun through the window, striking one man in the face.

The getaway driver fled, and two other men inside the store used Grace Kelly as a shield, prompting an exchange of gunfire in which the husband and wife were shot, investigators said.

Grace Kelly was treated for a gunshot wound in the arm and released from the hospital that night.

kelly Man dies after defending wife in robbery

A grand jury is expected to hear evidence Monday seeking murder charges in the case.

Four people face charges in the crime: Randy Joel Williams, 17, Leroy Richard Medley, 20, Paris Yusef Mack, 17, all of Southern Pines, and Demarcus James Dennison, 18, of Polkton.

Each were initially charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of first-degree kidnapping and armed robbery.

Authorities are also investigating whether the men could be involved in a series of armed robberies across the state over the past several months, Moore County's sheriff said.

Friends of the Kellys held a fundraiser for the couple in front of the Exxon on Friday. They found out about Angus Kelly's death around mid-day during the event.

"It was hard and we didn't really know how to react," volunteer Jeri Patterson said.

The barbecue plate fundraiser was planned prior to Angus Kelly's death. Organizers said they had raised about $1,000 by 4:30 p.m.

"We are going to focus on helping Grace now," volunteer Faye Lineberry said.

Community members have plans to hold more fundraisers for the Kelly family in the future.


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  • warbirdlover Jul 9, 2010

    May the lord bless you & Rest In Peace, Mr.Kelly.

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  • fairyswearboots2 Jul 9, 2010

    RIP MR KEllY !

  • go4gin Jul 9, 2010

    God Speed Mr. Kelly, God Speed. You more than earned your place in heaven. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Kelly.

  • changein2016please! Jul 9, 2010

    What a brave man. I am so sorry for the pain his family must be feeling. All for what? So senseless.

  • atozca Jul 9, 2010

    Or better yet, let's hear from John Tedesco and company. Let's put them all in one school and "meet" their needs!

    Huh? The current system obviously doesn't meet their needs.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    This man was a true hero. He saved his wife & that means a lot, that even shows that he is a good man, strong, & stands for what he believes. And that says alot.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jul 9, 2010

    even if convicted, with our wonderfully enlightened rehabilitation system, they will be out on work release one day, possibly cooking your meals, answering our calls, processing our paperwork, while their victims calls for justice go unheard

  • happnieburns6 Jul 9, 2010

    I am shocked by this whole situation. I have lived my whole life in this tiny community and been in this store a thousand times, my heart and prayers go out to the Kelly family..Gene was a great man and not to mention a hero!

    I just want to add that I am a Bail Bondsman here in this community and I see youth everyday who have gone astray..they are our clients. There is help for some of them, but I dont think these boys can be helped. I see it too many times. A "slap on the wrist" punishment DOESN'T WORK! I will gladly pull file after file in my office for anyone who thinks they can be rehabilitated. The comment about probation (TWC)no it doesnt work!This is one more example! Its a nice concept, but really what can they do to "control" these kids? To kill an elderly person takes a heartless blackened soul..how do you fix that?

    Also, I WILL NOT get these boys out of jail.(and I hope NO other bondsman does either.)The money IS NOT worth the price of putting them back on the streets.

  • twc Jul 9, 2010

    I would double the normal 3-years probation; make it twice as tough on them as the band leader at Southern Durham HS and the DA from Person County.