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Golphin Grandmother Speaks, Expresses Sorrow

Posted September 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A few hours before two North Carolina officers were shot, the Golphin brothers were hanging out in a parking lot behind a financial company in Kingstree, S.C. It turns out, the brothers' grandmother worked just two doors down from the loan company.

One business owner was so concerned about the Golphins' presence, he called police. A drug store delivery man told the two teenagers to move along.

"I told them someone called police," recalls Darrell Brown. "I thought I was talking to a bunch of teenagers, a bunch of vagrants that had nothing else to do. I thought they were looking for trouble."

Kevin Golphin, 17, had arrived in Kingstree, south of Florence, last Wednesday on a Greyhound bus. His bag didn't arrive with him.

Ticket agent David Marcus says Golphin told him police had searched the bus and took his bags. Marcus wonders why, if they took his bags, why they didn't take Golphin too.

Fayetteville police told WRAL Wednesday, the bags contained drugs. The Golphin brothers were apparently staying with their grandparents, the McCrays, in rural Greeleyville, SC, just south of Kingstree where the robbery took place.

The boy's grandmother, Christine McCray, says after police arrived Tuesday, her husband discovered his rifle was missing from a bedroom closet.

"I'm very sorry that my Grans did it," McCray says. "I didn't know that was in them. I didn't know, and that's with my heart. It's out of my reach. I'm just sorry."

McCray wants to speak with the families of the two officers to express her condolences.