Shooting suspect with possible white supremacist ties arrested, Wayne Community College shooting victim was gay

Current photos of suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III.

Current photos of suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III.

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY.

The suspect in a Goldsboro, N.C., campus shooting on Monday was arrested early Tuesday morning in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III shot his victim on the campus of Wayne Community College on Monday morning. The victim is a gay man and Stancil might have white supremacist leanings.

Stancil after arrest in Florida.

Stancil after arrest in Florida.

Stancil was taken into custody by Volusia County Beach Patrol officers after he was found sleeping on the beach, a violation of local ordinances. He was found with a knife. Stancil is being held without bond and Goldsboro police have said they’ll work with local authorities in Florida to have him brought back to North Carolina.

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The Wayne Community College campus was placed on lockdown Monday after Stancil’s shooting and the death of victim Ron Lane, a longtime employee of the college.

Police have said they do not believe the shooting was random. At a press conference on Tuesday morning, reported by news station WITN, police said the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police also said the face tattoo was completed as recently as Saturday. They are investigating it’s “possible connection to white supremacy,” the news station reported.

Stancil, 20, was a recent student at Wayne Community College apparently studying welding. He is an Eagle Scout graduated in 2013 from Southern Wayne High School. At the college, he had a work-study position in the print shop, managed by Lane, an 18-year employee of the college. News station WNCN reports that Lane recently fired Stancil, according to a relative of Lane.

Debbie Jean Edwards Stancil, who identified herself as the suspect’s mother, messaged WNCN via Facebook. She confirmed Stancil had been fired by Lane.

“I have the letter that showed he was terminated without consent,” Debbie Stancil told the news station, adding that Lane had “made inappropriate sexual advances toward him.”

Kay Albertson, president of the college, said Stancil was dismissed as a student in February for poor attendance.

Chuck Tobin, left, and his boyfriend Ron Lane, right. Lane was fatally shot by a campus shooter on April 13. In what appears to be an unrelated case, Tobin disappeared last July and was found dead in November.

Chuck Tobin, left, and his boyfriend Ron Lane, right. Lane was fatally shot by a campus shooter on April 13. In what appears to be an unrelated case, Tobin disappeared last July and was found dead in November.

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Many mainstream news outlets had failed to mention Lane’s sexual orientation, despite the fact that Lane had recently been in a long-term relationship with a man who went missing last July and was found dead in November. It was only when Stancil’s mother accused him of untoward advances that most media began to mention Stancil’s sexual orientation.

In what appears to be an unrelated incident, Lane’s boyfriend, Charles “Chuck” Tobin, 28, disappeared and was reported missing last July. According to a statement at the time from a family member, Tobin’s body was found in November in a wooded area near his brother’s home; family said that police did not suspect foul play and also said the death seemed to have been caused by a fatal accident.

One online news outlet is reporting that Kenneth Stancil’s Facebook page, now deleted, had “WhiteKnight” as its alias and contained white supremacist material. He identified himself as “Enforcer at White Pride” in the job section of the profile, with likes for “Adolf Hilter,” “National Socialist Movement” and “Angry Aryans,” a neo-Nazi music group.

qnotes has not been able to independently verify that the Facebook profile belongs to Stancil or other information about Stancil’s alleged white supremacist leanings. Stancil’s face tattoo, however, includes the number “88,” a well-known neo-Nazi abbreviation for “Heil Hitler.” An iron cross and the word “brotherhood” also appear in his neck tattoo, also well-known neo-Nazi symbols.

On Twitter, one user released what she said was a freshman yearbook photo of Stancil, along with another photograph missing Stancil’s newest tattoo on his left eye.

Alleged yearbook photo of Kenneth Stancil as a high school freshman and alleged current photo, from Twitter user Crimson_Ivy_NC (src)

Alleged yearbook photo of Kenneth Stancil as a high school freshman and alleged current photo, from Twitter user Crimson_Ivy_NC (src)

 

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

9 Replies to “Shooting suspect with possible white supremacist ties arrested, Wayne Community College shooting victim was gay”

  1. Or he might be gay and jealous.

  2. I hope the police prove their case and the shooter gets the maximum penalty in N.C. This is just so disgusting to me.

    Be it a white supremacist or just another homophobic idiot, I want him to either rot in jail for the rest of his life and if NC has the death penalty, I think it would be quite fitting.

    The Courts have to stand up and show that this behaviour is not acceptable and do their part to enforce that.

  3. ThisArticleSucks April 14, 2015 at 4:38 am

    This article is confusing. So was the man murdered because he was gay or was it a separate incident? I doubt he was just murdered because he happened to be gay. Which means there is no reason to bring up someone’s sexual preference if it didn’t have anything to do with the crime. This is why America is going to H$$$. It’s because you politically correct b@stards always make everything about race and sex. South Park makes fun you politically correct idiots all the time.

    1. Little minds confuse so easily.

      See how the fool’s open mouth betrays him.

      His mind, holed with doubt, falls prey so easily to gravity.

      Shite always did flow downhill.

    2. See the 88 on his cheek, the neck tat says Brotherhood……. he was a Neo Nazi, you know what that is right? They really hate homosexuals. Dummy.

  4. Dark Moon Rising April 14, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Excellent work.
    Keep the faith, Matt.
    Trolls be damned.

  5. The mothers always act clueless while they exhibit their own prejudices around their children all day long. Stancil’s mother is no different, blaming the victim for their own demise.

  6. Crazy people do crazy things April 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    It sounds like the victim made an inappropriate pass at the shooter. The shooter was fired. Likely he blamed the firing on the advance, but we don’t have the whole story here.

    That is why they brought up Lane’s sexuality. He didn’t deserve to die. Stancil is obviously unhinged. A normal person would have filed a sexual harassment complaint and for wrongful termination.

  7. So the male shooter was “revenge fired” for refusing at least one sexual advance from his male boss. Then he came back a killed his former boss. Somebody call up Hollywood and sell them the rights!

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