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Stancil's appearance, crime a shock to grandparents

Posted April 17, 2015

Danny and Joyce Edwards, grandparents of the man charged with Monday's murder of a Wayne Community College employee, say the belligerent, tattooed shooting suspect is not the grandson they know.

"The grandson that I know is a sweet boy," Joyce Edwards said on Friday night. "He is very sweet, and we love him to death. He is so smart and he is a good person."

The Edwardses said they last saw Kenneth Morgan Stancil III at Christmas, and he did not have the face and neck tattoos they've heard described in media reports.

Joyce Edwards said the couple has refused to watch any news reports about the case because she can't reconcile them with her grandson.

"I have not looked at any news. I have cut my radio in my car off," she said. "I don't want to hear it. What people have told me, that is not my grandson."

Stancil is charged with first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death, for shooting Ron Lane.

Stancil worked for Lane as a work-study student until March, when he was dismissed for too many absences. On Monday, investigators say, Stancil walked into the college print shop and shot Lane with a 12-gauge pump shotgun. He fled on a motorcycle and was captured the next morning when officers found him asleep on a beach in Volusia County, Fla.

Stancil's grandparents said they have grieved his actions and wish they could change the outcome.

"It has really been horrible," Joyce Edwards said. "I have cried and I pray every night. We're just sorry that all this has happened."

The Edwardses said they plan to visit Stancil as soon as they get the chance.


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  • Jeff Schwartz Apr 19, 2015
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    all we know is what the person charged with the murder says. have anything found to back up his claim?

  • Quinn Satterthwaite Apr 18, 2015
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    How long do we got to see this guy on the front page. I guess WRAL is gonna milk it for the next few years.
    Yep- the press loves him.

    Attention alienated teens! Come and get your fame.

  • Montel Burnette Apr 18, 2015
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    Ummm, no
    If he got the tattoos in lets say January or February, there wouldn't be any swelling at this point
    And it's been 4 months since Christmas, plenty of time for a tattoo to heal up.

  • Christopher Rose Apr 18, 2015
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    So my question is how long has he been white suprimacist? Could it be that he decided to kill this guy to protect his brother then decided if he was going to be in prison the rest of his life he better have powerful friends on the inside? I find it hard to believe a guy goes from eagle scout and being at community college to this in just a few months.

  • Mark Farmer Apr 18, 2015
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    If you knew anything about tattoos, they are not recent, if they were, there would be swelling.

    I guess people with blinders are on here also.

  • Ronnie Johnston Apr 18, 2015
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    You must have your blinders on because you clearly did not read the article. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brook Owens Apr 18, 2015
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    Mike, did you read the article? They hadn't seen him since Christmas and he didn't have the tattoos then. Talk about people with blinders on.

  • David Smith Apr 18, 2015
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    How long do we got to see this guy on the front page. I guess WRAL is gonna milk it for the next few years.

  • Rob Creekmore Apr 17, 2015
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    Hardly. The white supremacists will worship him.

  • Chris Redshaw Apr 17, 2015
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    As mentioned in the article, and I've seen it also mentioned elsewhere, the face tattoo is recent, in the last couple of weeks. There are recent photos of him without any head or face tattoos. So if they had not seen him since Christmas, they had not seen all the crazy he had tattooed all over his head and face.