Wife of slain volunteer firefighter recalls tragic incident

by: Eric Philips Updated:

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SALISBURY, N.C. - The wife of a slain volunteer firefighter is spoke out for the first time since giving birth to their child.
 
Maryanne Kauffman opened up to Eyewitness News anchor Eric Philips about how she's been able to cope.
 
Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman turned 10 weeks old Friday.  He was born on Valentine’s Day.

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“He helps so much he's my little sunshine,” Kauffman said. “(He is) a very good happy baby and I see so much of Marcus in him.”

Kauffman said her husband Marcus was so excited to be a father.

She said he used to brag about how the ultra sound pictures showed their son had his nose.

“Marcus was so excited to meet him,” she said.

Marcus Kauffman’s life was cut short, when burglars shot and killed him at their home near Cleveland County in December.

She said Landon looks like his father.

“Sometimes it makes it harder but at the same time it's kind of comforting,” Kauffman said.

“Recently it's been hard on me knowing Father's Day is coming up and thinking about (Landon) years down the road when he's aware that he doesn't have a dad,” Kauffman said. “That's been one of the harder things for me but I know God will give him grace like he does me.”

Since the homicide, she and the baby moved out of the house and back to Georgia where she grew up.

There will be a memorial ride in Iredell and Rowan counties Saturday to raise money for the family.

People are invited to eat breakfast at the Applebee’s in Statesville from 7 until 10 a.m.
 
Then there will be a memorial ride to Salisbury to honor Kauffman.
 
All proceeds go to a trust fund set up for the baby.

Read our past coverage:

Investigators: Suspect shot volunteer firefighter in head during robbery

Rowan Co. volunteer firefighter shot in head dies

Fund set up to help Rowan Co. volunteer firefighter's wife, baby

Marco Kauffman's widow gives birth to baby boy