Family Of Murder Victim Talks With WITN

Funeral arrangements have been set for a Bojangles Manager from the East, who officials say was killed after he closed the store for the night last Thursday.

The family of Ken Leefe says visitation will be held on Tuesday night from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Howard Carter Funeral Home in Kinston.


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The family of 55-year-old Ken Leefe says they are in total shock over his death after the Bojangles manager was found shot late Thursday night in the parking lot of the La Grange restaurant.

"My husband was a good person," said his wife, Penny. "He would do anything for you. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it more than he did. It is just a total shock to me."

Ken's death is not only a shock to Penny, but their two children. Brandi, who is 27 years old, and Christopher, who is 14.

"I'm in total shock," said Brandi. "I dont know what to feel or what to think."

"I'm angry right now," Christopher said. "This wasn't supposed to happen."

Their dad was taken from them one day before he turned 56 years old and three days before his son Christopher turns fifteen.

Christopher showed us the shirt they got his Dad for his birthday, saying, "I still cant believe he is gone."

Now the most recent pictures they have of their dad were the day he walked his daughter down the aisle.

"That was a great day he was proud so proud of us," Brandi says.

Now they're trying to make sense of the act of violence that took his life.


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The manager of a Bojangles' was found dead Thursday night after locking up the business for the night, according to lawmen.

Lenoir County deputies say they found Kenneth Leefe unresponsive and slumped over the wheel of his vehicle at the Bojangles' on Highway 70 outside of La Grange, and that he had been shot.

Sheriff Billy Smith tells WITN News that there is no suspect yet in Leefe's murder, nor a motive. He says the murder does not appear to be a robbery since nothing was stolen from the manager who was not carrying a night deposit bag.

The sheriff said Leefe tried to drive away away, hit a curb and then slumped over. The sheriff also says there was no sign of a bullet hole in the vehicle's window.

Deputies say they, along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, are interviewing employees and witnesses who were at the location before the shooting.

Lawmen are still working on the motive for the shooting.

Leefe's family says he leaves behind two children. Leefe's birthday would have been Friday.


Bojangles' Statement:

“We are all very saddened at the loss of one of our management team associates. Our condolences go out to his family and our thoughts are with them in this time of need. We are confident that investigators will apprehend the person or persons responsible for this tragedy, and justice will prevail.”


Sheriff Department Press Release

PRESS RELEASE from LENOIR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
Homicide of Kenneth Michael Leefe

On June 24, 2010, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bojangles Restaurant on Highway 70 West, LaGrange, North Carolina, with regards to an unresponsive person. Upon arrival, the deputies found the business to be closed, and a subject identified as Kenneth Michael Leefe was slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. Kenneth Leefe was the manager at this location and had apparently been shot after he had locked up the business and was in his vehicle.

At the present time, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are conducting an investigation to determine a motive for the incident and are interviewing employees and witnesses who were at the location immediately prior to the incident.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


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  • by Pat Location: Greenville NC on Jul 26, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    When i heard of the death of ken.I was in total shock.I worked with ken at burger king years ago.He was a good man.To his family, your in my prayers.RIP-KEN
  • by steph Location: lenoir co. on Jul 12, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    well i guess it's been long enough that who care's about what really happened to this man! i can tell you who cares about what happened to him! his family can not and will not rest until they know what really happened to their father, husband, brother, friend and what ever you called him. LCSD please find out what happened to our beloved friend!
  • by steph Location: lenoir co on Jul 2, 2010 at 09:03 PM
    what's up? why hasn't the wife been looked at? why have the generator
  • by steph Location: lenoir co on Jul 2, 2010 at 08:50 PM
    what's up? the honor climb resort. i love everything that goes on with the location what's up with eveything
  • by steph Location: lenoir co on Jul 2, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    what's up with the the wife not showing any emotion? when my ex-husband passed away, i could not mention his name without breaking down! why can his wife gather all the info?
  • by steph Location: lenoir co on Jul 2, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    why not post all the post by the LCSD. i can tell you why,there is no post about the real events! who cares aboubt the real events? i care about the real events. what really happened to him?
  • by steph Location: lenoir co, nc on Jul 1, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    once again, i'm not trying to hurt anyone, however we (LCSD)has to look at all possibilities! So, if i see something that maybe they(LCSD)don't, why not post it? we all want answears!
  • by LENOIR CO SHERIFFS OFFICE Location: KINSTON on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    If you know something about this case and you really want to help but not get involved use "ETIPS" on the Lenoir County website. Go to departments, Sheriff's Office, and then go to the ETIPS link. You do not have to provide your name.
  • by Stephanie Location: Burgaw on Jun 28, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    To Brandi: I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. It's been a long time since we were at GCA together, but I will always consider you a good friend. Your dad was a good man, I remeber him going on all of our field trips in school. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. And Happy Birthday Christopher.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    This is sad and senseless. I hope they find the crazy person who did this, and get justice. IF not on this earth it will be later. The family will remain in my prayers and the employess who worked for this man.
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