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Suspects in Rowan firefighter homicide to make first appearance Monday

As the family of Marco Kauffman prepared to lay him to rest on Monday, the suspects charged with his death prepared for their first appearance in court.

The Rowan County firefighter, 25, was shot Dec. 2 during an apparent burglary. After the shooting Kauffman battled for his life for nearly three weeks at Carolinas Medical Center. He died Friday shortly after his family removed him from life support, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

The family’s Facebook update stated the visitation and funeral will be held at Mac Grey Auditorium, 474 N. Center St., Statesville. Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday. The body will be available for viewing at 12 p.m. Monday , followed by the funeral at 1 p.m.

A semi-private burial will be at Cleveland Believers Fellowship in Woodleaf.

The warrants obtained Friday charged Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony and Jaylend Daquan Turner, 19, of Statesville with first-degree murder, Rowan County Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford said. Both men had been charged with attempted murder.

McClelland and Turner are also each charged with breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and larceny. Both are being held without bond at the Rowan County Detention Center. Their first court appearance on the new charges is today.

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