Stoneville volunteer firefighter stabbed to death Saturday

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STONEVILLE, N.C. —  The town of Stoneville is mourning the loss of one of their own after a volunteer firefighter and his friend were stabbed during a party at the firefighter’s home on Belthrop Road.

According to investigators, Dustin Wright stabbed Mark Chandler, 23, and his friend Cody Collins after a fight broke out during a birthday party being hosted by Chandler for his fiancé at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Chandler was transported to Morehead Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Collins was also transported to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries..

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page says there are many unanswered questions relating to the investigation.

“It’s a very sad, very tragic situation. I’m sure all of the questions of who was involved, who, what, where, when, why, and how,  all that will be answered,” said Sheriff Page.

On Monday, the flag outside of the Stoneville Fire Department flew at half staff as those close to Chandler remembered him.

“There wasn’t a day that went by in the summertime, you come by, he’s washing and waxing fire trucks… doing something in the building.  A lot of times he does the firetrucks then stops and does my patrol car,” said Chief Frank Moore with the Stoneville Police Department.  

Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened in the moments leading up to this deadly fight. 

“Somewhere this other party came into the party and then I think shortly there after there was some type of argument and this lead to a fight,” said Sheriff Page.

Friends and the entire town of Stoneville are missing a man who worked to protect their town. 

“You don’t know what happened so you can’t really judge, but I know this person was a good person and a real close friend… now this person is gone and that’s the hard part,” said Chief Moore.

Wright is behind bars and is being held on a $250,000 bond.  He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and voluntary manslaughter. 

Sheriff Page says most likely charges will be upgraded to more serious charges.  

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