Baby born 2 months after father’s shooting death

Maryann Kauffman, widow of slain Rowan County firefighter Marco Kauffman, gave birth to a baby boy Friday morning, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the shooting victim.

Maryann Kauffman reported that the boy weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She said he will be named for his father, Marcus Landon Trace.

“Thanks so much for the prayers,” Maryann Kauffman wrote on the Facebook page. “He’s finally here! Marcus Landon Trace. My handsome little guy. I’m so in love already.”

Marco and Maryann Kauffman were returning to their western Rowan County home from a Thanksgiving weekend trip on Dec. 2, when they saw a car parked near their residence.

Marco Kauffman left his pregnant wife at a neighbor’s house and then went to check on his home. Rowan County sheriff’s deputies say they received a 911 call from someone, thought to be Marco Kauffman, who said he had stumbled across burglars at his home.

Deputies say Kauffman apparently was trying to drive away when someone fired two shots into the back window of his car. One of the bullets struck Kauffman in the head. He was hospitalized but died several weeks later.

Four men were arrested in connection with the case. Two of the suspects were charged with murder.