Baby born months after volunteer firefighter father killed in home break-in


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SALISBURY, N.C. — The wife of a volunteer firefighter who was killed in a home break-in back in December has given birth to the couple’s baby boy.

According to WBTV, Maryann Kauffman gave birth to a 7-pound, five ounce baby boy on Friday morning.

The baby was named Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman.

Kauffman’s husband, Marcus was killed in December after arriving home from vacation during a home break-in.

When the couple arrived home, they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near their home that appeared to be broken-down.

After dropping his pregnant wife off at a friend’s house, he went back to help. He discovered they were taking items from his home.

Kauffman was later found in his car with a very severe gunshot wound to the back of his head. The car had crashed into a tree.

He was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center but died several weeks after the shooting.

Four people were later arrested in connection to the case.

Deputies say 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart turned himself in at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office on three days later and was charged with accessory after fact.

Jalend Daquan Turner, 19, was arrested four days after the shooting and charged with attempted murder. Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, was also arrested. He is charged with accessory after the fact.

Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, was arrested in the Newton-Conover area a week after the shooting. He is charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm

After Kauffman died, the charges on McClelland and Turner were upgraded to first degree murder. They received no bond.

The charges against Hart and Teasley were also upgraded to accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

Family and friends rallied for Marco through the Praying for Marco Facebook page.

Source: WBTV

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