ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Hundreds of people came out Saturday to help the family of a murdered Rowan County volunteer firefighter.
Volunteers held a two-day barbecue chicken dinner and blood drive. On Saturday, a 25-mile benefit motorcycle ride was held. Eyewitness News was there as the riders set out with a purpose.
"These are good people and they need support," said rider Keith Voswell.
Investigators say a burglar shot Marcus Kauffman, 25, in the head at his home last month. His family made the decision to take him off life support before Christmas. The community is stepping in to make sure his widow, Maryann, and their unborn son will have all the help they need.
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"It was a tragedy in the community and we are here as a community pulling together, rooting for Maryann and the little unborn child," said Abe Troyer Jr.
Along with barbecue chicken plates, supporters sold special T-shirts with Marco's name and a scripture verse printed on them. They wanted others to see who he was and the joy he brought to their lives.
"He was an outgoing person, had a spontaneous personality. He was very likable. Everyone liked Marco," Troyer said.
Just last weekend, Channel 9 was at a separate barbecue fundraiser that raised nearly $12,000 for Maryann Kauffman.
It took the motorcyclists an hour and a half to finish their ride, but riders we spoke to said it was worth it to help a family who they say has suffered enough.
"That's the kind of thing we do. It doesn't matter how cold it is, or what kind of weather it is," Voswell said.
- Dec. 20: Rowan Co. volunteer firefighter shot in head dies
- Dec. 19: Family: Doctors to check brain activity
- Dec. 11: Gun stolen from home of firefighter who was shot recovered
- Dec. 9: Suspected shooter of volunteer firefighter makes first court appearance
- Dec. 6: Two arrested in Rowan Co. shooting of firefighter