Authorities say someone robbed and killed a North Carolina coin collector who friends say offered financial help to those struggling this Christmas.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports Friday that 76-year-old Charles Herman Brown of McLeansville was found dead Wednesday by church members who were checking on him.
They found his door kicked in and his body tied up on the floor of his ransacked office. The door to a safe where Brown kept a collection of rare coins was hanging open. Friends say he frequently talked about his coins.
The Rev. Dennis Tabor of Stevens Memorial Baptist Church said Brown had earned some extra money and had recently asked if anyone in the church needed money or help.
Authorities believe Brown had been dead for about a day.
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