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  • Bartmeister Nov 30, 5:41 p.m.

    spineless cowards without the courage of their convictions. piene2

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    You would know about that if anyone would. Your opinion is similar to the National Debt, always changing and getting worst by the minute. Nobody even knows what you believe in, cause it constantly changes. It's amusing actually. The epitome of failure in this country. Have a great evening!

  • airbornemonty Nov 30, 12:19 p.m.

    Anyone that will kill someone in cold blood deserves no pity from me or anyone else.

    Terrane seems to be the shooter and as far as I am concerned its too late to cry on your mother's shoulder, you should have thought of the consequences before you pulled the trigger.

    Which brings me to my last question. Why does WRAL call this 18 year old a teen, I was 18 and carried an M1 rifle in Korea and I knew that I was a man.

  • Bartmeister Nov 30, 10:02 a.m.

    "What a coward this guy must be. How could you kill anyone, let alone an older Vietnam Veteran. Brandex"

    I will issue a directive to all prospective murderers that before doing the murder they obtain complete biographical data on their victim to determine if they are too good to murder or not.
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    Ahhhh, key word above was ANYONE!! Helloooooo.

  • Bartmeister Nov 30, 9:45 a.m.

    "He's been crying ever since. He was, like, 'Mom, it wasn't me,'"

    "I know my son would not hurt him because we used to talk about him feeding the cats and how sweet it was."

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    Boy turned tough guy doesn't sound so tough anymore and Mom has blinders on. He is however due his process in court.

  • piene2 Nov 30, 9:04 a.m.

    "What a coward this guy must be. How could you kill anyone, let alone an older Vietnam Veteran.
    Brandex"

    I will issue a directive to all prospective murderers that before doing the murder they obtain complete biographical data on their victim to determine if they are too good to murder or not.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Nov 30, 8:50 a.m.

    If this suspect would've been white and he shot and killed a black vietnam vet, you can bet Jesse, Al, and that other so called Reverend of the NAACP would be holding rallies on Fayetteville Street demanding justice or threatening to burn the city like Los Angeles. Any white person claiming this was a hate crime will be labeled as a racist by the black community so be careful what you say on here.

  • bluecanary Nov 30, 8:32 a.m.

    So...either Mommy knows who really did the crime, and she should immediately give that person up to the police. Or, it's just another stereotype that I see too much of here in Fayetteville, after sweet precious little junior murders someone innocent, Mommy (or Grandma) is on TV or talking to the paper crying about how her sweet precious good little boy could never have done such an awful thing. Maybe if these mothers would parent their kids better, they wouldn't find themselves in the position of defending them after the fact.

  • storchheim Nov 29, 7:05 p.m.

    "Maybe he didn't act alone"

    They never do. Always in packs.

  • johnny2times Nov 29, 7:03 p.m.

    I am wondering where the NAACP is for this "man"....and how does his mother know it was an older guy that killed him? Why was her son with this older man? Was robbery the motive? Did your little angel of a son tell you WHY they were harassing this white man who served his country which is something this coward wouldn't have the guts to do? I believe this was a racist crime...where is the group wanting justice(besides family of course) for this "man"? Funny how Rev. whats his face only stands up for one race...isn't that racist in it of it self? Just sayin...

  • affirmativediversity Nov 29, 6:35 p.m.

    "Dukes' mother, Daisy Davis, said an older man killed Joppich."

    Then I"m sure she's given the police this person's name and directions to his house.

  • sef1528 Nov 29, 6:12 p.m.

    it only takes one incident where you are a victim of "their" crime to change you forever. "they" have no valid excuse anymore. "they" are choosing to commit these violent crimes of their own free will. all of the social inequality excuses are null and void.

  • kablamsboom Nov 29, 5:52 p.m.

    Wolfgang was my customer at a restaurant I worked at a long time ago. He was a wonderful, selfless person. My heart breaks for the world's loss of this kind, compassionate human being. If we can all one day become 10% of the person he was, we will have accomplished much. Peace, my friend. The world will miss you.

  • Scubagirl Nov 29, 5:42 p.m.

    another parent saying 'oh not my boy, he wouldn't do this'. Well lets see, drop out, no job, hangin' w/ a bad crowd. Hmmmmmmmmm
    Maybe he didn't act alone but he acted and did NOTHING to stop it!

  • RowdyFriend Nov 29, 5:37 p.m.

    I worked with Wolfgang nearly twenty years ago, and from the things I'm reading and hearing about him, he hadn't changed much. Wolfer always had a positive attitude, and was always laughing and smiling. He was a unique person in many ways, and you could just tell that he had a kind heart. It is really, really upsetting that he was treated this way, so senselessly. And you know what...it IS sad that this young person made this choice, ended a life prematurely, and has now thrown his own life away as well. He'll have to face the consequences, and that's as it should be. But it didn't have to be this way, and that is the sadness of this story. R.I.P., Wolfgang. May your bright light shine on forever.

  • NotFromHere Nov 29, 5:31 p.m.

    "These moments remind me of how if it was a white kid that shot a black man there would be riots."

    That's why these black on white crimes continue in such great numbers. White people don't stick up for themselved. They don't fight back for their rights as other groups do. Whites are so victimized in these "property" type crimes because the criminals know we are easy marks, we won't fight back, and we won't protest afterwards. Maybe that all needs to change.

    Maybe we need an NAACP-like protest EVERY TIME a black commits a crime against a white. Maybe then the powers that be in the black community will realize we're fed up with their racism.

  • Lady Marksman Nov 29, 4:53 p.m.

    I pray for the family and friends of the murdered victim. I have nothing but sadness for the state of our country. Our youth are not being taught any morals or values because they don't see any examples of good morals and values in the adults they are around. I have said it before, God has been 'kicked out' of schools and homes and people have decided that their immediate needs are the only things that matter.

  • Dagn Nov 29, 4:46 p.m.

    WRAL, you need to let people express what they really feel about this story and stop be so worried about who will be offended. This guy deserves no mercy and people should be able to say what they want about him. He gave up the right to have people hold back on what they want to say about him. The only right he should have is to choose his last meal.

  • storchheim Nov 29, 4:32 p.m.

    How about no more bonding out for felons?

  • feistyredhead2001 Nov 29, 4:07 p.m.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and friends of Mr. Wolfgang Joppich. It's a shame this happened and it probably could have been avoided if Terrane Dukes was picked up before for his prior felony charges. Senseless acts of voilence need to stop.

  • Common_Sensey Nov 29, 3:48 p.m.

    Rabbitdog, my point is, all types of people commit crimes. It's not really a color thing, it's a poverty and education level thing. Go out to Johnston county(or Alabama) and take a look at who's running all of the meth labs & dog fighting rings(White folks). True, the majority of violent crimes - murder, car jackings & home invasions in the Triangle are committed typically by young black males. However, the majority of the child molestations, kidnappings, spousal abuse, and fraud (around the entire country actually) are committed by White people. What's your point??

  • affirmativediversity Nov 29, 3:27 p.m.

    Affirmative, it's not the schools that are the problem. Us teachers have to deal with disrespectful kids all day. It's the parents and societies fault. Every year the kids become less respectful and think they are above authority. I am exhausted by the end of the day just dealing with respect and authoritative issues. per andreanicole686

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    I don't believe its the teachers fault. Its my understanding that teachers must teach to the plan set down by Administration who has their "goals" set by politicians.

    Just look at Wake County...the politicians there have wrapped that educational system around the proverbial axle in some warped attempted at "social economic/racial equality". Heck, I suspect they have completely forgotten that their reason to exist is to teach children (any children) things like math and reading so they don't go through life as illiterate schlucks!

  • NCHighlander Nov 29, 3:18 p.m.

    But remember, around the Triangle, those certain groups commit these types of crimes. Out in Idaho, where's in 96% White, they commit the violent crimes. Yes, contrary to popular belief, there are white gangs in America. Same thing in LA & Miami with Hispanic gangs.

    Their were 36 murders in the entire state of Idaho in 2011. Durham had 27 and Raleigh had 17. That's 34 just between those two cities. I really don't see your point.

  • gnewsome1 Nov 29, 3:02 p.m.

    Affirmative Diversity: He and others believe in "redistribution of wealth" which they were too lazy to work for. I for one believe that if you want it, get off of your lazy duff and earn it. Other people do this. Some of us actually believe in working for what you have. Good comment.

  • andreanicole686 Nov 29, 3:01 p.m.

    Affirmative, it's not the schools that are the problem. Us teachers have to deal with disrespectful kids all day. It's the parents and societies fault. Every year the kids become less respectful and think they are above authority. I am exhausted by the end of the day just dealing with respect and authoritative issues.

  • Common_Sensey Nov 29, 2:51 p.m.

    "Eve Carson's murder, the Edgecombe County convenience store massacre, this story, and so many others. What is the common factor. Are we afraid to say. Admit a problem exist with these folks and address it. Otherwise just keep watching the slaughter of innocents by these folks"

    No Rabbitdog, we're not afraid to say, it's just usually WRAL censors won't let a comment be posted if it's directly about race, even if it's not "racist" in any regard.

    But remember, around the Triangle, those certain groups commit these types of crimes. Out in Idaho, where's in 96% White, they commit the violent crimes. Yes, contrary to popular belief, there are white gangs in America. Same thing in LA & Miami with Hispanic gangs.

    I think it's mainly a matter of class, intelligence, having goals, and upbringing..not color.

  • affirmativediversity Nov 29, 2:49 p.m.

    Growing up in a less than ideal situation does not entitle one to murder someone else. per gnewsome1

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    Not in today's America. In today's America the person who has less is "entitled" to take from the person who has "more than their fair share".

    We have just been subjected to months of class warfare...of being told every day that "rich people" are the problem...that by being rich they are the bully, the cause of all the worlds ills, they are the reason why the less fortunate can't get a break.

    We have a President and a national political party who is willing to economically ruin our country in order to exact their "retribution against the rich"...

    I understand all to well how some 18 year old criminal...all hyped up on "Fair Share" and "The Rich Need to Pay" can take the leap to "well why not just kill them...time for some pay back"

  • gnewsome1 Nov 29, 2:30 p.m.

    Growing up in a less than ideal situation does not entitle one to murder someone else. My personal situation, along with many others, was less than desirable. However I chose to do something about it. He could have done the same. I have absolutely no sympathy for him. Do the crime, do the time. The world would be a much better place without these scourges on society.

  • gnewsome1 Nov 29, 2:21 p.m.

    Train you have your head on right. Amen brother.

  • NCHighlander Nov 29, 2:05 p.m.

    What world do you live in...Kids today are NOT taught to "respect" anything in today's public schools.

    The problem is that no one has the guts to admit that by in large this isn't a problem with kids. It's a problem with certain kids in a certain community. Think about it. Eve Carson's murder, the Edgecombe County convenience store massacre, this story, and so many others. What is the common factor. Are we afraid to say. Admit a problem exist with these folks and address it. Otherwise just keep watching the slaughter of innocents by these folks.

  • affirmativediversity Nov 29, 1:38 p.m.

    Amen! I am sick and tired of people feeling sorry for people who hurt, kill, rob, steal etc because of where they grew up or what they see growing up. I don't care what you see growing up, you as a human being should know what is right and what is wrong. You're taught that from day one in school about being respectful etc. This murder was 18 yrs old. He knew what he was doing. Never feel sorry for him. per Holy Carp.

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    What world do you live in...Kids today are NOT taught to "respect" anything in today's public schools. They are taught its all about them, they are the perpetual victims and if they wait around for just a little while longer the government will steal whatever they want from someone else and just give it to them because "they are entitled" and "its their right"...oh, with a smattering of global warming tossed in for good measure.

  • trainloadr Nov 29, 1:26 p.m.

    Ms. Byrd you are indeed a great person. I cannot say that about myself. This young man needs to pay for what he did and his friends/so-called friends need to understand that he paid with a high price. We need to make the punishment enough that they would never wish to do something like that again. With the present situation all we are doing is stroking them and telling them that they are someone and we love them. I would like to show this young man we are there and there to punish him to the extent of the law. I wish after he receives his punishment he says, I am never going to do that again but I do not see that happening. We need to change the Dept. of Correction to the Dept of Punishment. I guess I am the low life here but what we are doing now aint working. Honestly, I hate people that kill other people. Sorry about the way I feel but I am sick of what I see.

  • Holy Carp. Nov 29, 1:17 p.m.

    "I not grieve for this murderer! I grieve the the guy they managed to kill! I hope Terrane Kulaia never sees daylight again."

    Amen! I am sick and tired of people feeling sorry for people who hurt, kill, rob, steal etc because of where they grew up or what they see growing up. I don't care what you see growing up, you as a human being should know what is right and what is wrong. You're taught that from day one in school about being respectful etc. This murder was 18 yrs old. He knew what he was doing. Never feel sorry for him.

  • storchheim Nov 29, 1:09 p.m.

    "We need people like us to stand beside a kid who thinks he's a th*g and say, 'I will watch every step you make. I will stand beside you, and I'll be here for you,'" she said. "Why aren't we as a community taking on these kids?"

    Stop sobbing, "Mommy", and take these "children" home to live with you. What - no?

    How about one visit? No? Not even that?

    How about you just give them your address then? No good either?

    How about you sit down with this "child" in a soundproof room with no cameras and rock him to sleep? I thought not.

  • SFSOLDIER Nov 29, 1:04 p.m.

    I not grieve for this murderer! I grieve the the guy they managed to kill! I hope Terrane Kulaia never sees daylight again.

  • goozleboy Nov 29, 12:58 p.m.

    "I'd like the FBI to scoop in and investigate if this was a HATE CRIME...the fact that we've just went through months of hate mongering towards "the rich" (or anyone you think has more than you) and let's face it "white people" (especially white men)...and then this man is murdered because "everyone thought he had money" and he's one of the hated, evil "white males.

    Time for a reality check people...this is what HATE SPEECH/CLASS WARFARE gets you!!!!!!!"

    ...and our sorry excuse for a govenment loves it...population control at its finest (just like a war on the home turf so to speak), and it ensures the lowest common denominator is available for voting them back into office when the time comes.

  • stoop24 Nov 29, 12:58 p.m.

    You should read his Facebook page. Says he's a money chaser on the street hustling. Someone is going to be hustling him now.

  • MadMaxx Nov 29, 12:56 p.m.

    where is the NAACP on this..........oh, sorry, never mind.....nothing to see here. No Racism. He has to be convicted of the crime, then they step up. Never see them trying to tell their constituents not to commit crimes. That doesn't bring in any money.

  • affirmativediversity Nov 29, 12:48 p.m.

    I'd like the FBI to scoop in and investigate if this was a HATE CRIME...the fact that we've just went through months of hate mongering towards "the rich" (or anyone you think has more than you) and let's face it "white people" (especially white men)...and then this man is murdered because "everyone thought he had money" and he's one of the hated, evil "white males.

    Time for a reality check people...this is what HATE SPEECH/CLASS WARFARE gets you!!!!!!!

  • Brandex Nov 29, 12:40 p.m.

    Let's see how tough this guy is in prison without his Glock. It's over for him. Now he will be fighting over ramen noodles and stamps!!

  • mikelynn2003 Nov 29, 12:27 p.m.

    May this sorry piece of humanity (?) rot in prison!

  • Brandex Nov 29, 12:24 p.m.

    What a coward this guy must be. How could you kill anyone, let alone an older Vietnam Veteran. It makes me wonder sometimes. An innocent mans life is over due to senseless violence, and for what? A few dollars. Give me a break. May God be with the victim, and may bars be in front of the accuser....

  • Union Cavalry Nov 29, 11:48 a.m.

    A sad ending to the life of this Vietnam Veteran. Let's honor his memory and his service to his country.

  • JennyB Nov 29, 11:28 a.m.

    That's sad. And his mugshot makes him look like he could care less about what he did.

  • Jimmytwotimes Nov 29, 10:51 a.m.

    The most dangerous people in this country are the teenage "urban" kids. They will pull the trigger in a second to get some street cred like their rap heroes. If you are ever carjacked or robbed by someone who fits this profile you need to fight back or they will most likely shoot you.

  • soulshadow Nov 29, 10:32 a.m.

    These moments remind me of how if it was a white kid that shot a black man there would be riots.

  • Uhavenoclu Nov 29, 10:26 a.m.

    There are many clean cut homeless people who you would never think were homeless.
    Many have pride and the ones you see holding the signs are not homeless, they play the part but bring home more money then most people in well paying jobs.

  • monami Nov 29, 10:23 a.m.

    ""We're so grateful to the community and we pray it's going to end really soon," she said. "We grieve for this 18-year-old. We don't know him, but we grieve for him because his life will be different from now on. We forgive him, because Wolfgang would."

    Ms. Byrd is very gracious.

    Grateful for the tipsters sharing info with law enforcement.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 29, 10:08 a.m.

    Hope the others are caught quickly.

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