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Man Arrested in Goldsboro Funeral-Home Shooting

Posted April 30, 2007

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— Police arrested a man Monday in the death of a woman who was shot outside a funeral home where her live-in boyfriend was being mourned.

Kelvin Buffalo Jr. is charged with murder in the death of Sharon Sheppard, 28, the Goldsboro Police Department said. He was arrested at a home on South Andrews Street, they said.

Sheppard was shot Thursday while she was in the parking lot of McIntyre Funeral Home, outside a funeral for Raheim Antwon Kornegay, 23. Police issued a warrant for Buffalo on Friday.

Buffalo was released from state prison in February after serving eight months for speeding to elude arrest. He previously served a sentence for assault and inflicting serious bodily injury. and had also been convicted on charges of resisting an officer and other assault charges.

Kornegay was shot and killed April 22 inside the couple's apartment. Police had interviewed Sheppard, who was in the apartment at the time of the shooting, early last week and had called her a "person of interest" in the case.

About 300 mourners were leaving the funeral home when Sheppard was shot, witnesses said.

The shooting created a chaotic scene, police said, noting that they had difficulty obtaining a solid description of the gunman or getaway car despite numerous witnesses.

Kornegay and Sheppard had a 7-month-old child together and three older children from previous relationships living with them.

"It's a pretty tough situation to know that there are some children on Earth that, in the course of a couple of days, don't have either parent," Goldsboro police Sgt. Chad Calloway said.

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  • ONCEACROOK May 1, 2007

    wait, so they can take your kids for guns being reported in the home? WOW!

  • Juliett May 1, 2007

    from the goldsboro news argus" Ms. Sheppard, a 28-year-old mother of four, was reportedly shot seven times as hundreds poured out of the funeral home, officials said.
    Several people who know the Kornegay family said the shooting was an act of retaliation. Ms. Sheppard was present when Kornegay was fatally shot at her apartment at 602 Courtyard Circle.
    Kornegay's death occurred just two days after child protective services workers removed Ms. Sheppard's four children from the home. The action was taken after officials received a report that guns were inside of the apartment, family members said.

  • ONCEACROOK May 1, 2007

    The female was obviously the wrong person to be suspicious about. Great Work Goldsboro PD, Maybe next time, these double homicides will happen in the parking lot of the PD that way you guys have a better chance of actually stopping crime before it starts. Bottom-Line, because she was there, she was the only suspect they were leaning on. It did not even register to them that someone else may have committed the initial murder. Pathetic.

  • tmlcary May 1, 2007

    psychobabble - You sound like a real jerk. Try actually reading the story. They had 1 child together. The other 3 were hers or his...not all hers.

  • jchelpus May 1, 2007

    I wish the children of these victims are taken care of and know that they were loved no matter how this pans out. I hope that there's support for the children and families affected in this senseless act. I hope that one day soon the suspect will see that this was totally unneccessary and receives the fairest and only treatment by God and not man. I hope that people on this page will learn to be considerate of others when things like this happens. Although this is a cruel world we don't have to behave that way all the time. I wish for peace for these families and love and the deliverance of God's word to seek when time seems to just stand still. I wish these families faith to believe in a higher power to deliver then from darkness and dispair.

  • gi jane May 1, 2007

    Just sounds like another case of sense-less violence with kids caught in the mix. And I would like to go on record to saying I cant stand that "snitches get stitches" anthem that we have seem to be developing. Folks cry about equal justice for all but when it comes time to help get the justice we dont want to be involved. People dont want to mention what they saw. Everyone wants to act like they live in a world all their own. If I am shot down today I hope if someone saw it they would speak up and come forward with what they saw. I wouldnt want to have that on my conscious.

  • At Work May 1, 2007

    Motive ????

  • QT3.14 Apr 30, 2007

    Hmm... WRAL took down the 2 victims' mug shots and closed the discussion thread in the previous article.

  • jim2dart Apr 30, 2007

    Hopefully there will be a silver lining and these kids can get better guidance.

  • anonemoose Apr 30, 2007

    Sgt Calloway, is it possible that the children may be better off now? She was 28 with four children, possibly from four different fathers. We know that we are talking three different fathers at least. Any takers on how much tax money she collected every month from us? We will still be paying for the kids, but maybe they will not grow up around the thug lifestyle. Also, no description although numerous witnesses. That no helping the Po-Po is going to work out really well doncha think??

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