CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The family of a man shot and killed after kicking in the door to an apartment complex believes their son was responding to a call from an ex-girlfriend and may have been trying to help her.
Twenty-seven-year-old De'Von Anttone Noel died Sunday morning after being shot at the Alta Grove Apartments on Season Grove Lane.
Police say Noel forced his way into the apartment of another man and a female friend. It led to a fight over a handgun and Noel was shot and killed.
The other man in the apartment was shot in the hand.
Police have not made any arrests and for now aren't releasing a motive or saying who fired the gun. No one has been charged with a crime.
"This is just my belief that when he got the phone call to come over there he was thinking he was going to help and that was his intention," said family spokesperson Gia Monette. "He's not one of these thugs they're portraying him to be going in and kicking down someone's door and brutally attacking."
Noel's mother also thinks her son's death has something to do with Noel possibly being invited to a party at the apartment, but encountering a different situation which led to the shooting.
Monette and other relatives say Noel was active at local churches, including Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he went to Easter service with his mother but was not a member.
Monette says Noel helped teach kids during Sunday school at Tabernacle a few years ago.
"He had a compassion for people and a heart for children," Monette said.
Noel's family spent Monday trying to get custody of his 9-year-old daughter.
"We're just looking for answers for the family so they can lay their son to rest," said Monette.
A fundraiser is planned for Friday to help the family pay for Noel's funeral and burial Friday at noon at 919 Moretz Street.