NEW INFO: ECU Student Arrested In Paratrooper Death

We have new information about the investigation into the death of Private First Class Keyonn Parkin in the hours after he was stabbed. The suspect left the scene of the crime but returned 45 minutes later.

According to the bond reduction order signed by the judge presiding over the first court appearance of suspect Christopher Brauer, 21 of Durham, Brauer left the scene where Parkin was stabbed at Pirates Place Townhomes but returned in less than an hour. He gave a statement to Greenville police and asked to return to Durham, which is where his parents live. The bond reduction order says Brauer was allowed to return to Durham if he agreed to return when requested by police.

Police announced Tuesday they were in contact with Brauer's legal representative and had expected him to turn himself in within hours of the 5 p.m. press conference. Brauer surrendered to authorities at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been announced for Parkin, a native of Wichita, Kansas, stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. Services for the soldier are scheduled for Monday in Wichita.



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Bond has been lowered for an ECU student suspected in the fatal stabbing of a Fort Bragg paratrooper.

Greenville police say around 10:30 a.m. Christopher Brauer, 21, and his lawyer showed up at the Pitt County Magistrate's Office.

Brauer faces an open count of murder for the stabbing death of 19-year-old Keyonn Parkin, a private first class. The Durham teen's bond was originally set at $1,000,000 but after a first appearance this afternoon before a judge it was lowered to $500,000.

Police say Parkin and some other friends were at a party of Pirates Place Townhomes Friday night. Chief William Anderson says the stabbing was over a stolen wallet. The chief says Parkin's friend, Robert Perry, allegedly took the wallet and was confronted by Brauer.

Anderson says during that confrontation, Parkin saw what was happening and stepped in to help his fellow soldier. He says Parkin and Brauer got into a verbal argument and then Brauer stabbed the man.



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Greenville police say warrants have been obtained for an ECU student today for the death of a Fort Bragg paratrooper.

Chief William Anderson says Christopher Brauer of Durham will be charged with murder.

PFC Keyonn Parkin was stabbed late Friday night during a party at Pirates Place Townhomes on Charles Boulevard.

The 19-year-old Brauer is not in custody and Anderson says they expect the man to turn himself in to police later tonight.

Anderson says the stabbing was over a stolen wallet at the party. The chief says Parkin's friend, Robert Perry, allegedly took the wallet and was confronted by Brauer.

Anderson says during that confrontation, Parkin saw what was happening and stepped in to help his fellow soldier. He says Parkin and Brauer got into a verbal argument and then Brauer stabbed the man.

Police say Perry is also going to be charged with misdemeanor larceny for the theft of the wallet.

The murder weapon has been recovered.


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Greenville police plan to give their first public comments later this afternoon about the death of a Fort Bragg paratrooper.

PFC Keyonn Parkin was stabbed late Friday night during a party at Pirates Place Townhomes on Charles Boulevard.

Friends say the 19-year-old from Wichita, Kansas was in Greenville Friday night for a birthday celebration.

Police have been extremely tight-lipped about Parkin's death. They plan to discuss the death investigation during a 5:00 p.m. news conference.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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A paratrooper from Fort Bragg is dead after a weekend stabbing in Greenville.

WITN News has learned that PFC Keyonn Parkin was stabbed late Friday night during a party at Pirates Place Townhomes on Charles Boulevard.

A Greenville police report says the 19-year-old soldier was stabbed shortly after midnight. The Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy was performed this afternoon, but referred all questions to police.

Fort Bragg says Parkin was a member of the 82 Airborne and was from Wichita, Kansas. The Army says Parkin joined in July 2010 and came to Fort Bragg in December.

Robert Perry, who was charged with simple assault, says Parkin, himself and two others came to Greenville to celebrate a girl's birthday and ended up at Pirates Place.

Perry says the night was winding down and victim left ahead of them. The man told WITN News he went back in to find his missing wallet and as he was walking back to the apartment he saw a group of people surrounding Parkin, who was stabbed. As he was trying to move people away, Perry says he punched one of the party-goers in the face. That's when Perry says he was charged with assault.

Perry is also a soldier at Fort Bragg.

Greenville police would not release any information on the stabbing or if they had any suspects in the case.


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  • by Racism on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    I am so tired of the NAACP throwing there selves around bringing the past that everyone has got past and TRIED to move on with them constantly taking every STAB they can to get back. Get over it NAACP and move on as the rest of the world has! We are trying to make the future better not continue to live the past. Also learn to do your research before accusing the court system of wrong doing. What matters is who you are and what you stand for has nothing to do with color or religion. Obviously this kid comes from a good ethical background or there would actually be a man hunt. Both families have lost someone in a sense. This kid will have to fight the rest of his life to live an average life probably will not be able to finish college and how is he ever going to find a good job. Rather he is innocent or not the mark is on him for life...Sorry about the paratroopers life and I offer my condolences to his family and loved ones. No one deserved what happened that night.
  • by WTW Location: Greenville on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    I can't believe that someone lost their life over a wallet. If someone approaches me to steal my purse, I'd gladly give it up in NY minute. Your life and anyone else's life are worth so much more than that. This young man has lost his life and the other will have to live with the fact that he killed him everyday he walks this earth. I'm sure he was probably drunk and didn't even realize the magnitude of what he'd really done until the next day. No amount of money is worth the anguish both of these families are going through right now.
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      by ECU student on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:14 PM in reply to WTW
      since you are gladly giving away your purse I will be happy to take it off of your hands for you, as for the rest of us that live in the real world, we work hard for our money, and we will work even harder to defend it!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:18 PM in reply to ECU student
        So you rather kill someone for a wallet. Wow ECU students are the dangerous thugs in this town.
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        by be smart on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:51 AM in reply to ECU student
        things are things. i dont work to have things, i work to take care of my family, which is the most important part of my life. if you threatened my family, i will fight you to the death. if you threaten my things you can have em. they can burn. dont chase your love of things, it will only lead to emptiness. be thankful for your life.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to WTW
      It is too bad that you are willing to let criminals take advantage of you - There are many of us who work too hard to give our possessions up to low-life thugs who want something for nothing.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    I totally agree!
  • by diversity on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    ooppppssss sorry witn... i mentioned the word black so therefore i am racist so therefore you wouldnt post my comments. guess i shoulda used the term redneck cos it always gets posted. gotta love that equality..
  • by Tanto on Nov 6, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    Use of force laws are a whole other story! Almost everyone who commits a violent crime claims it was "self defense". To justify the use of deadly force you MUST be in IMMEDIATE danger of serious bodily injury or death and have no reasonable means of escape. Having your girlfriend get pushed down and getting punched in the face does not fit the aforementioned criteria.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to Tanto
      I completely disagree! I am not a lawyer or law enforcement guy, but if someone comes into my house, steals my possessions, pushed down my wife and punches me in my yard, they deserve whatever they get. To me, this is the definition of immediate serious bodily injury.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to
        That is incorrect, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I totally disagree with your statement. No one deserves to have their life taken away by another individual.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 05:45 PM in reply to Anonymous
          Well... To each their own. God did not make all men equal. Smith and Wesson did!
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          by dont be stupid on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:55 AM in reply to Anonymous
          youre right. hussein, ghaddafi, bin laden, they didnt deserve to die. we shouldve let them stick around to do more crimes against humanity. well im sure they wouldve stopped if we asked them nicely.
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        by okay on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:52 AM in reply to
        is this what happened in the story? why are we not getting this story?
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      by Formerly Pirateman on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:23 AM in reply to Tanto
      You are wrong. In North Carolina you are allowed to stand your ground. It is law. The no reasonable means of "escape" is not the law here.
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        by R on Nov 8, 2011 at 02:42 AM in reply to Formerly Pirateman
        I believe stand your ground laws pertain to private and not public property.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to Tanto
      I can settle this argument for now; if you weren't there, you don't know if he feared for his safety or those around him.
  • by Anonymous, Too on Nov 5, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    "You're wrong. Parkin pushed down Chris' girlfriend when she tried to stop him, and Parkin then hit Chris in the face. Chris was justified in brandishing the knife. Parkin decided to call his bluff and attack again." If this is correct in that Brauer was brandishing a knife after his girlfriend was pushed down and he was hit by Parkin and "Parkin decided to call his bluff and attack again," then, Parkin essentially stabbed himself by running into the knife that Brauer was holding. Also, why would a man be pushing a woman down? That in itself would be an act of violence, especially considering Parkin's size. There is much more to this story than we do not know, yet. This is the very reason people need to stop making judgements when they don't have all the facts.
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      by yep on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to Anonymous, Too
      if this was white on white, it wouldve been over by now, a done deal, self defense would be the verdict.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    " Pushing someone down and punching another in the face does justify getting stabbed. "

    I see your sarcasm.
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      by Formerly Pirateman on Nov 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Justify? Maybe not. Cause it? Yes. Legal? Probably. It's up to a prosecutor, then if he thinks so a judge, then if he thinks so a jury.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    "You're wrong. Parkin pushed down Chris' girlfriend when she tried to stop him, and Parkin then hit Chris in the face. Chris was justified in brandishing the knife. Parkin decided to call his bluff and attack again."
    Pushing someone down and punching another in the face does justify getting stabbed.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    "You're wrong. Parkin pushed down Chris' girlfriend when she tried to stop him, and Parkin then hit Chris in the face. Chris was justified in brandishing the knife. Parkin decided to call his bluff and attack again."
    Pushing someone down and punching another in the face does justify getting stabbed.
  • by a on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    "Life in jail" , that is much too harsh, im sure if he could go back he'd do things much differently. He'll probably get off with manslaughter , i think most of the immediate witnesses ( which were most likely friends with the residents in the apt. where the wallet was taken from, and obviously Brauer was friends with them to , otherwise he would not have gotten so "up in arms" about the wallet being taken (pun not intended) , so it is likely that the whole "self defense" could be corroberated with. Just speculation though, thats all.
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