Raleigh McDonald’s holds benefit for family of former employee, gunshot victim


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh McDonald’s honored the life of a 20-year-old gunshot victim Thursday evening.

CLICK FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE VICTIM, SUSPECT AND THE SHOOTING SCENE
CLICK FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE VICTIM, SUSPECT AND THE SHOOTING SCENE

Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, who was killed by a shotgun blast near a Raleigh home early August, will be celebrated.

Thomas was an employee at McDonald’s restaurant located at 6213 Falls of Neuse Rd. in Raleigh.

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Half of the proceeds collected between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. was donated to the Thomas family, according to owner Andy Martin.

“He was an employee of ours, very well respected, loved by everyone here, very special young man,” Carol Martin said. Her family owns the McDonald’s where Thomas worked. “We’re very sorry to have lost him.”

Coworkers said he will be missed.

“Just a bright little spark and we miss him. It was hard to come back and it’s still hard to find replacements. I don’t want to say replacements but to fill those shifts where he was. It’s hard we miss him,” said Denise Bowling.

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Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas

Chad Cameron Copley, 39, was charged with murder after police said he shot 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas with a shotgun on Singleleaf Lane in early  August. He is being held without bond.

Copley fired a shot from inside his garage. The bullet hit Thomas who was standing outside in the street.

Thomas started working in the Louisburg McDonald’s restaurant and had worked at the Raleigh McDonald’s for about 5 months.

“Our customers knew him and loved him,” Carol Martin said. “He was quite outstanding in many ways. He had kind of an electric personality you know a smile and a way about him that was quite special.”

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