Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas worked his regular shift at a North Raleigh McDonald’s the night he was shot and killed.
Now the restaurant, at the intersection of Falls of the Neuse and Spring Forest roads, will donate 50 percent of its proceeds Thursday evening to help with the young man’s funeral and burial costs.
“I wish I had 10 employees just like him,” Andy Martin, the McDonald’s owner, said Wednesday afternoon. “He was always smiling, always helpful. Several employees said it was tough to be in a bad mood around him.”
A little more than two hours after leaving work on Aug. 7, Thomas, 20, and a friend attended a party in the 3600 block of Singleleaf Lane. About that time, a homeowner called 911 from inside a home at 3536 Singleleaf Lane to say there was a “bunch of hoodlums” outside and that he was “locked and loaded” and going to secure his neighborhood, according to a recording of the 911 call.
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Investigators say the homeowner, Chad Cameron Copley, 39, was inside his garage on Singleleaf Lane when he fired a shotgun, hitting Thomas, who was out near the street. Later that day, police charged Copley with first-degree murder.
Martin said Thomas’s fellow employees are “shaken by the whole thing.”
“It’s a huge tragedy,” he said.
The fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday and end at 9 p.m. In addition to the restaurant’s donation, there will be canisters for donations at the front counter.
“In honor of Kouren’s love for the color pink, McDonald’s is also asking folks to wear something pink in support,” Anna Roesler, a McDonald’s spokeswoman, said in a press release.
Fundraiser for Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas
WHAT: Fifty percent of proceeds from sales will be donated to Thomas’s family for funeral expenses.
WHEN: Thursday, August 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: McDonald’s at 6213 Falls of Neuse in Raleigh
OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:
· Donation jar on restuarant’s front counter
· Donate to the Thomas family online, https://www.gofundme.com/276hhgks