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Pine Level community mourns man killed in shooting

Posted November 28, 2010
Updated November 29, 2010

— A Smithfield man who was killed early Saturday in a small Johnston County town is remembered as a beloved member of his community.

Devin Barber was shot to death around 1:30 a.m. when an argument erupted among a group of friends in a house at 417 E. Pine St. in Pine Level, police said.

Friends of the Barber family said that he grew up in the town of about 1,800 residents alongside the suspect in his slaying, 23-year-old Stefan Gudac.

"This neighborhood is such, like it's close-knit, and it just feels like a piece of it is gone," said Barber's friend Julie Parnell. "This neighborhood won't ever be the same without Devin."

As a grown man, Barber moved to Smithfield – just six miles away from Pine Level.

"Devin was a good kid. He is loved by his dad and his mother and his little sister," family friend David A. Cory said. "He was loved by all his friends and neighbors."

Barber was an Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.

Mystery, mourning surround shooting in Pine Level Mystery, mourning surround shooting in Pine Level

Stefan Gudac was charged with first-degree murder and placed in the Johnston County Jail without bond.

He lived at 417 E. Pine St. with his father, Anthony Gudac, a town commissioner who oversees the police department. Police said Anthony Gudac was not at home at the time of the shooting.

Because of Anthony Gudac's position, the State Bureau of Investigation was helping Pine Level police with the case.


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  • jordanwds02 Nov 30, 2010

    I am gonna miss Devin and there is nothing that stefan or his family can say to apologize for taking a wonderful persons life i will miss yuh alot devin and i want stefans family to know there is not one nite since devin lefy i have not cried myself to sleep... and i love his sister alot too and i wish her family lost of luck and will be thinkin about them

  • tinakcreech Nov 30, 2010

    I think that the media and the public should remember that there is a injustice done to both of the families. We also need to remember that Stefan has just returned from Iraq. I personally have never been to war have you? I do have a son that was in combat with Gudac and i know that the military didn't give them enough of "pysch" time when they returned. I feel that the military owes their,Our,soldiers a lot more attention when they return than what they get. My heart and prayers go out to both families.

  • stratomaster Nov 29, 2010

    Again, I'm not condoning what happened. Right now it appears that this is murder plain and simple and there is no excuse for it. That aside, this is still a tragic situation for everyone involved, the victim, the perpetrator, the families, the community. This is something that will linger and weigh heavily for a long, long time.

  • Mo Blues Nov 29, 2010


    Please go to dictionary.com and read the definition of a tragedy. If the young man was killed by a bolt of lightining, it could be called a 'tragedy'.

    This is simply murder.

  • IAMAmerican Nov 29, 2010

    It's amazing how we rush to judge a situation that we know nothing about... This is a tragedy all around. Instead of spinning wild azz opinions why not pray for everyone involved.

    I agree to some degree but no one deserves to be murdered..............NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE!!!!

  • stratomaster Nov 29, 2010

    It's amazing how we rush to judge a situation that we know nothing about... This is a tragedy all around. Instead of spinning wild azz opinions why not pray for everyone involved.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Nov 29, 2010

    LOL @ aha059 -- You are correct. I guess Redwidow2009 wasn't aware that the courts aren't open on weekends...

  • SmileAndNod Nov 29, 2010

    Good, murderers should not get bond!

  • aha059 Nov 29, 2010

    Redwidow2009-in jail WITHOUT bond, Really???
    Did you think it might be because he hasn't gone before the judge yet? His court appearance is scheduled for today.

  • dxedame Nov 29, 2010

    To the Chief in Pine Level..well done,Sir. It isn't always easy to request outside help or advice, but you did what was needed. All things considered, that was very good police work on the part of your department.