Candles, flowers, messages honor bouncer killed in Havelock

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Amber Onizuk, a bartender at Flyers in Havelock, reads messages Monday on a boarded up door to the bar where bouncer Todd Asa North was shot early Sunday morning. North died later at the hospital.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 06:27 PM.

St. Peter has a new angel with the muscle to watch over heaven’s gate.

Friends and coworkers left flowers, candles and personal remembrances at a doorway Monday where bouncer Todd Asa North was fatally shot early Sunday at Flyers in Havelock.

“He was probably about 6-1 or 6-2 and weighed every bit of 255 or 260, and he literally looked like one of those guys that would go to gym and work out constantly,” Flyers owner John Bruns said. “His calves were bigger than my thighs. He was just a massive guy. We’re going to miss him.”

The suspect in the case, Jonathan Richard Pugh, 18, of Havelock, was shot as he and North exchanged gunfire at the front door of the bar at 1:13 a.m. Sunday. He faces an open count of murder and is being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The bar’s front door had three bullet holes in the glass. One round struck the side of the door and was recovered from the adjacent door frame. The door was covered by a sheet of plywood on Monday and several people had left notes of remembrance written in marker on the outside, along with flowers and candles.

“He never met a man that he didn’t like," Bruns said, describing North with a famous quote from Will Rogers. "Everybody was at 100 percent with Todd when he first met you, and you could decrease it or increase it from there.”

Bruns said North was a good employee.

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