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Homophobic motive probed for US college shooting by neo-Nazi

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Kenneth Morgan Stancil III
Kenneth Morgan Stancil III

North Carolina police are investigating whether the killing of an openly gay college print shop supervisor had more to do with a conflict over sexuality or losing a job.

Ron Lane was 44 and worked for Wayne Community College for 18 years, most recently as the school's print shop director.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III was a 20-year-old welding student who tattooed a neo-Nazi symbol on his face and was angry after he was dismissed from his campus work-study job with Mr Lane for absenteeism.

His mother says Mr Stancil was the target of unwanted sexual comments from Mr Lane.

Each man struggled with losing people very close to them through suicides.

Mr Lane's partner of 12 years killed himself last year and Mr Stancil's mother says he never recovered from his father's 2009 suicide.