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Slain Nash deputy laid to rest

Posted June 13, 2011

— A Nash County sheriff's deputy who was shot to death while serving a murder warrant was laid to rest Monday with a ceremony that attracted hundreds of law enforcement officers from across North Carolina.

Deputy Warren Lewis' funeral was scheduled for 2 p.m. at Southern Nash Senior High School in Bailey. Lewis will be buried in a Middlesex cemetery.

Lewis, 38, was a member of a task force of local and federal police officers and was shot and killed Thursday in Kinston. The task force was investigating a June 2 killing.

Four people are currently being held on charges in connection with Lewis' death.

Lamont D. Byrd, 18, Kion Tyearl Dail, 16, Devine Slade, 17, and Maretto Byrd, 26, are each charged with murder.

Lewis, of Middlesex, had served with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for more than nine years. He had been on the Eastern North Carolina Fugitive Task Force, a cooperative venture between the U.S. Marshals Service and local law enforcement agencies, for the past three years.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon, and daughters, Lauren, 14, and Ashley, 11.

"We're going to miss him," Nash County Sheriff Richard Jenkins said Monday. "I've been in this business 40-plus years, and he's as good as I've ever seen."

Editor's note: WRAL News had planned to cover the funeral live on WRAL.com, but the Nash County Sheriff's Office denied the request Monday. Officials cited the potential for jeopardizing any undercover identities and operations because of the high number of federal and local law enforcement officers expected to attend.


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  • jenni739999 Jun 15, 2011

    internet hate engine: minor mistake??? are u kidding me? this isn't a case of locking keys in the car or spilling juice on the carpet..these "misguided souls" as you call them took a life...a father, a husband, a son, a friend, co-worker and a hero in the community..this is not a minor mistake..think if it were your husband, father, son or friend..would it be a minor mistake to you? LEO's get up every morning and proudly put their uniform on only to go out into a cruel and evil world full of crime to try to protect us all. my prayers are with the Lewis family and all LEO's. I can only pray that justice is served. Maybe you should have to be the spouse, child, parent, friend or co-worker to an LEO and then you would fully understand how this is not a minor mistake. They knew exactly what they were doing the night they shot an innocent man on his way home and the night they decided to again take life of a man trying to do his job of protecting us all. Minor mistake; i think not.

  • internet hate engine Jun 14, 2011

    the Lord will judge these misguided souls who just happened to make a minor mistake that hopefully they will be able to overcome what comes from it

  • hinnantboysracing Jun 14, 2011

    An individual that is sorry for their actions does not turn around and again murder within two weeks of their original crime. Rather than feel sorry for these individuals, try feeling sorry for his family, particularly his two daughters who now have to grow up without their father

  • internet hate engine Jun 14, 2011

    hopefully the young men find God while in prison and have a chance to repent because I am sure they are sorry for what happened

  • hinnantboysracing Jun 14, 2011

    Hopefully the 4 of them that are accused get a fair trial since obviously only one of them pulled the trigger. Internet Hate Engine


    Internet hate engine, if this was one of your loved ones, your dad, husband or child, the concern for those who committed this wouldn't matter to you. All of those individuals, regardless of who pulled the trigger, are guilty and don't derserve another day on this earth, much less another meal that we as tax payers have to provide them. The sooner the "justice" system starts worrying about the victims rather than the rights of criminals, the safter our society will be. The moment that trigger was pulled and took Warren's life, that house should have been sprayed with bullets and we wouldn't have to waste time on a needless trial. They are all guilty! These individuals have zero regard for the lives of others.
    RIP Warren - god bless you, Ann, Warren II, Shannon, Lauren and Ashley.

  • MudLife Jun 13, 2011

    Prayers to the family how sad. It's a shame these young people are out there killing. They've messed their life up for the rest of their life.

  • Desiderata Jun 13, 2011

    Bigsix842..DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!! Prayers for the family and friends..the others..

  • PoBoy Jun 13, 2011

    Blessed be the peacekeepers..... "Let us cross over the river and rest in the shade of the trees" Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's last words May 10, 1863.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 13, 2011

    Truly tragic!

    Praying for those who loved him.

    Wish they'd fry those who killed him.

  • granny1957 Jun 13, 2011

    This is just so sad! Prayers to the family.