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Two arrested in fatal shooting outside Raleigh sports bar

Posted June 11, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014

Ydhiam Buonkrong, left, adn Teleah Janae Richmond

— Police arrested two people Wednesday afternoon in connection with the early-morning shooting death of a man outside a Raleigh sports bar.

Ydhiam Buonkrong, 25, and Teleah Janae Richmond, 21, each face one count of murder in the death of Luis Alexander Rodriguez, who died at WakeMed following the shooting at Mambo 69 Sports Bar, at 2221 New Hope Church Road.

Buonkrong also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police didn't provide a motive for the 40-year-old Rodriguez's death, saying the investigation is ongoing.

A 911 caller reported the shooting at 1:52 a.m., and said Rodriguez had been shot multiple times in what he thought to be the stomach. Rodriguez was breathing but was not alert during the call.

The shooter, the caller said, ran toward the back of the building.

Both Buonkrong and Richmond were being held without bond in the Wake County Detention Center Wednesday evening. An arrest warrant alleged Buonkrong pulled the trigger.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Buonkrong was convicted in Wake County in 2007 of felony drug possession charges.

Anyone with information that can help detectives investigating Rodriguez's death can visit the Raleigh Crime Stoppers website or call 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

The shooting comes several days after Vernon Oneal Jones Jr., 26, was killed June 1 outside Club Bodi near downtown Raleigh.

Police have yet to make an arrest in that case.


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  • csui Jun 13, 2014

    Six years ago I lived in the same neighborhood with Ydhiam Buonkrong family and his parents had issues with him as a teenager. I don't think his parents knew how to handle his bad choices. He was respectful to neighbors with a smile and hi, but watching we knew there was an inner demon brewing. I'm sorry to hear he was continuing to make bad choices and somebodies life was taken because of it.

  • Michael Clay Jun 12, 2014
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    You are correct Super Hans!!

  • Super Hans Jun 12, 2014

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    It hasn't. What are there levels of gun violence compared to ours. I was also unaware that England and Australia were communist states. you learn something new every day.

  • lopo Jun 12, 2014

    Got to love the logic of liberals, take away guns but when they are in trouble call someone with a gun to save them.

  • lopo Jun 12, 2014

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    Really, it hasn't worked in England or Australia. Why would it work here. Oh yes, i forgot because we can make socialism/communism work better than others that has failed.

  • Super Hans Jun 12, 2014

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    There are no guarantees in life. But outlawing and confiscating firearms would over time dramatically reduce the number of guns in circulation. The cost of illegally purchasing any remaining in circulation would become so high that every two-bit wannabe gang banger or those whose egos are boosted by owning an AR-15 wouldn't be able to afford it. If you don't see how this would drastically reduce the amount of gun violence we see, I'm not sure what to say to you.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 12, 2014

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    Your ignorance is amazing.

  • allenmga Jun 12, 2014

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    Tell me, what law would have prevented him from illegally obtaining a gun?

    There was already a law in place stating he couldn't have a gun and *gasp*, he broke it!

    What don't you get about the fact that criminals don't follow laws?

  • Bullcity34 Jun 12, 2014

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    Well he didn't buy the gun legally. So tell me what you propose to guarantee there are no guns in America? You cant because it will never happen. I'm sure he'll plead some type of defense where he was forced so he'll get a slap on the wrist and spend 3 years in jail. The problem is this culture and no accountability for your own actions. These young people are entitled and think they can do whatever they want.

  • lolwut420 Jun 12, 2014

    Another convicted felon with a gun, fantastic. Yeah, guns aren't a problem at all. /s