Community pays tribute to slain Wake County Rep. Ned Byrd

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — The community gathered to pay their respects to Wake County Rep. Ned Byrd, who was killed on duty a week ago.

A visitation for Byrd was held Thursday evening at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh.

Several police officers were there.

Ryan Schmidt was friends with Byrd for more than 15 years and was his former roommate for about five years. The two met at CrossFit.

Byrd has also been a huge presence in the jiu-jitsu community. Schmidt said that’s how Byrd met so many of his friends.

“He didn’t want to disappoint anyone in the slightest and was just incredibly kind, loyal, just a friend who really lived his life and put his friends and his family and colleagues above himself,” Schmidt said.

Byrd worked in the sheriff’s office for 13 years and achieved his goal of becoming a deputy in 2018. Schmidt will speak at Byrd’s funeral on Friday.

“He would want the world to be a better place and that’s my hope, that’s what I’m going to do out here trying my best,” Schmidt said.

An Apex man, who is one of two men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Wake County Rep. Ned Byrd, made his first appearance in a courtroom Thursday afternoon

Arturo Marin-Sotelo, 29, of Apex, has been arrested and charged with felony murder, according to court documents served on Thursday. Marin-Sotelo appeared in court.

A second man, Alder Alfonso Marin Sotelo, was also charged with the murder of Byrd Thursday but has not yet been served, according to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.

Alder Alfonso Marin Sotelo was still in federal custody in Burke County late Thursday night, Freeman said. Community pays tribute to slain Wake County Rep. Ned Byrd

Dais Johnston

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