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SELMA, N.C. ? One man is dead and his roommate and nephew is in jail without bond after a shooting in Selma Sunday night.

Authorities were called to 7529 Buffalo Road just before 7 p.m. When they arrived, they found 66-year-old Vondell Bethune dead. Deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office arrested Bethune's roommate, Alvin Harris, 50, and charged him with murder. They did not say what led to the shooting or what motive Harris might have had.

James Perry, a pastor at White Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church, said Bethune had served as a deacon.

"He wasn't just a parishioner. He was my friend," Perry said.

The pastor said Bethune served in the United States Army and "worked tirelessly helping those in need in whatever capacity he could."

"Mr. Bethune will be dearly missed by all of us as we come together seeking God's strength and guidance and the comfort of the Holy spirit during this horrific and tragic time," the pastor said.

Harris' family gathered in Smithfield Monday morning to watch his first court appearance, but they had nothing to say to reporters.

Members of White Oak Hill Missionary Baptist said Bethune was letting Harris stay with him to help him get on the right path, but that it wasn't working out. Bethune asked Harris to leave the home Sunday and the situation turned violent.

"He was a person who loved the idea of trying to do anything he could to help anybody in need," Perry said of Bethune. "He knew what it was to need help. He knew what it was to seek help. Because of that he had such a spirit of trying to help people."