Funeral planned for man after young couple fatally shot in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Funeral services have been planned for a man who died when a couple was fatally shot in Raleigh early Friday.


The shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. near New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road and a young couple dead.

Khadijah Shantell Carney, 21, of Apex, was found in a car at the scene of the shooting. She was transported to WakeMed where she died from gunshot wounds, police said.

Rakim Marquis Lofton, 22, of Raleigh, who was Carney’s boyfriend, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 911 caller at the scene said a Mitsubishi Galant car with a person inside was nearby with its hazard lights blinking. The 911 caller also said a man was lying in the road with a gunshot wound and gun near him.

Authorities have not released information about a possible suspect, but did say Friday afternoon that the “investigation of the incident remains underway.”

Police also said that because of the “highly-visible nature of the crime scene,” detectives think there could be people who heard or saw things that they have not yet shared with police.

Over the weekend, friends and family of the couple posted many messages on social media about the pair.

“Nothing could have prepared the family and friends for what took place, but we hold to our faith and belief in a loving God that will sustain and strengthen us during this time,” wrote Carney’s grandfather, Bishop Stanley Carney, on a website.

Carney, who worked at Walmart, was a 2012 graduate of Panther Creek High School and had attended Wake Technical Community College, according to her Facebook profile.

Lofton, who had lived in Kinston, was a 2011 graduate of Sanderson High School and in the past worked at Food Lion and Mattress Warehouse, according to his Facebook profile.

Carney and Lofton listed themselves as being in a relationship in late March, according to Facebook.

Nathan Viverette, a close friend of Lofton’s, wrote on Facebook about their middle school experiences and his friendship with Lofton.

“It’s hard to believe this is how your life ends. Rest in eternal happiness. Please stop killing each other. We are brothers!” Viverette wrote.

Funeral services will be held for Lofton on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Faith and Deliverance in Kinston.

Committal will take place in the Mills Cemetery.

Sympathy cards  and floral arrangements may be sent to Swinson Funeral Services 208 East Blount Street, Kinston.

Funeral arrangements for Carney are incomplete at this time, according to Dafford Funeral Home.

A GoFundMe page for Carney has been set up by her grandfather to help raise money for the family.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit for text and email reporting options.

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