Rowan Co. community remembers volunteer firefighter

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- A Rowan County community is coming together to remember a volunteer firefighter who died after being shot outside his home.

WSOC-TV reported that a visitation and funeral for Marco Kauffman is planned at the Mac Grey Auditorium, 474 N. Center St., Statesville.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday. Details were posted at Praying for Marco Facebook page.

The body will be available for viewing at noon before the funeral for those who are unable to make it Sunday.

A private burial for family, friends and close acquaintances will be at Cleveland Believers Fellowship.

Marcus “Marco” Kauffman, 25, was shot in the head during a home invasion on Dec. 2.

His family decided to take him off life support Friday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, 18 days after the incident.

A newlywed, he and his wife had just returned home from a trip. Deputies said Kauffman noticed something wasn’t right upon arriving at his home and took his wife to a neighbor’s house before returning to investigate. It was then that he was shot.

Police have upgraded charges for two men already in custody in connection with the shooting.

Khari Dweayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony, arrested Dec. 9, and Jaylend Daquan Turner, 19, of Statesville, arrested Dec. 6, have both been charged with first degree murder.

McClelland and Turner are being held without bond and are scheduled to appear in court Dec. 23.

Charges have also been upgraded for two other men accused of being connected to the shooting.

Tramel Devon Hart, 18, of Harmony, arrested Dec. 12, and Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, of Statesville, arrested Dec. 6, are now being charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

A post on the Praying for Marco Facebook page said, “This morning the test results came back. We are choosing to bless God and let go of our dear Marco, for it seems God is calling him to Himself.”

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