Police say three black men knocked on the door of Kenneth Keen's home, asking for assistance. Authorities say when they went outside, one of the men pulled a gun. Police say Kenneth Keen was able to run back inside, but he was later shot. Authorities say the suspects then forced their way in and one of them shot 73-year-old Mattie Keen.
Police say Kenneth Keen was able to shoot one of the suspects, Orlando Fonta Faison, who was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital. Another suspect, Terro Deshon Ward, 18, of Wilson, was taken into custody. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. The third suspect is still on the run.
Mattie Keen, who survived tuberculosis and cancer, was seen by many as a pillar in the community.
"The people of this community are very supportive of the family because the family has always been very supportive of the community," Jack Smith, a Keen relative, said. "Anytime anything was going on in the community, they were a part of it. The community is saddened because of the loss and outraged because it was so unnecessary."
Authorities said Kenneth Keen, who was also taken to Pitt Memorial, is expected to be released Thursday.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the third suspect.