Body Shop Owner Killed In Stallings Shooting

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Authorities are investigating a shooting in Stallings that left an auto body shop owner dead.

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Lenny Banks

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Oct 13, 2006
 
Why are Union County folk so primitive?
jason tweed

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Oct 13, 2006
 
does lenny banks like living you are so disrespectful. GOD will deal with you. I thought you were a good guy chris.
jason tweed

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Oct 13, 2006
 
Lenny Banks wrote:
Why are Union County folk so primitive?
fah-q ni__er
Sarah

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Oct 30, 2006
 
Chris was a good man, husband and father. We miss him greatly. Who knows Mark Stephen Thomas? Does anyone know anything about him? what kind of a person kills a person over nothing.
Sarah Emerson

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Dec 8, 2006
 
Christopher Brynarsky's murderer Mark Stephen Thomas is free on bond as of Oct. 16, 2006. He was home with his family on Thanksgiving, he will spend Christmas with his family. Our family on Thanksgiving talked about Chris, we will be talking about Chris on Christmas day. Thomas's mother can hug her son, I hold my hand out and speak to my son who cannot answer me. I have to imagine I can hear him speaking to me.
When Thomas does finely go to jail, his mother will be able to see her son, talk to him on the phone, write him letters knowing she will get a letter in return.
I call out Chris's name several times each day, while I am driving, while I am cleaning the house thinking about him, I will call out his name. Chris can't answer me.
I have always wanted to protect my children, they grow up and go on with their lives, a parent still wants to protect them. I was not there that day to protect my son. If only I had been there, if only I could have stopped Thomas from killing my boy.
Sarah Emerson

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Jan 4, 2007
 

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Mark Stephen Thomas is running scared. He or one of his family members posted this comment:
MARK IS INNOCENT CHRIS, WHO WAS A FELLON PULLED OUT A SHOTGUN ON MARK AND THATS WHY HE IS DEAD NOW. THERE WAS NO DRIVE BY. MARK WAS SIMPLY GOING TO THE PLACE OF BUISNESS TO GET HIS OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY. MARK EVEN TRIED TO GET THE COPS TO GO WITH HIM BECAUSE HE HAD RECEIVED THREATS FOM CHRIS THE NIGHT BEFOR. THE UNION COUNTY COPS ARE REALLY THE ONES TO BLAME THEY COULD HAVE STOPPED THE WHOLE MESS. I KNOW MARK IS SORRY DEEP DOWN. HE NEVER INTENDED TO KILL CHRIS WE WAS MEARLY DEFENDING HIMSELF. MARK SHOULD NOT BE PUT IN JAIL. HE IS A GOOD PERSON. I HAVE READ MANY LITTLE STORIES OF THE WHOLE ORRDEAL AND THEY ARE ALL LIES. CHRIS HAD AN ILLEAGLE LENGTH SHOT GUN THAT HE HAD BOUGHT DAYS BEFOR HIS DEATH AND HIS INTENTION WITH THAT SHOTGUN WAS TO KILL MARK. CHRIS WAS A THIEF AND A HORRIBLE BUISNESS MAN. MARK NEVER WENT INTO A STORE AND CAUSED A RUCCUS NIETHER DID HIS SISTER. MARK SHOT CHRIS ONE TIME. THATS IT

Today Mark Stephen Thomas has to appear in Superior Court, He is charged with Premediated First Degree Murder of Christopher Brynarsky. Thomas is pleading self defense. This is a vain attempt, Thomas cannot explain away what the witnesses saw. Thomas cannot explan why he came into the shop with a gun that day, all the other times he came to the shop he did not have a gun. Thomas cannot explain the threats made to the Brynarsky family prior to the shooting. Thomas was angry because his car was not the first priority of the shop, so he started making threats, he started talking ugly to the employees about Chris. Of course the things Thomas had said came back to Dana and Chris. They decided they did not want to do business with Thomas any longer. Thomas refused to accept this, so he planned to kill Christopher Brynarsky. In his demented mind he thought he could set up a self defense plea. He knew there was a shot gun in the shop, he thought by shooting in the air it would force someone to go for the gun, he hoped it would be Chris, he thought if Chris could get to the gun he would then shoot him and claim self defense. But Thomas's plan failed, no one got to the gun, Thomas fired the fatal shot to soon for his plan to work.
Now Thomas is scared, he is fumbling with a concocked story that does not hold water. He is becoming paranoid , he believes people are following him to do him harm.
It is satisfying to me to know Thomas is living in fear. I want him to be very afraid of prison and the horrible things that will happen to him there. I want him to suffer, I want his family to suffer.
Meggy

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Sarah, I am truely sorry for your loss, but... You are gravely mistaken. Mark Thomas came with a gun because he was afraid of a certain violent body-shop owner with a criminal record. The "witnesses" are all dependent on a certain homicidal widow (who tried to run Mark off the road) for employment. Mark was not angry that his car was not first priority; he was mad because the money he had given the shop for new parts for his car went to pay Christopher's bills. He got mad, and no one is denying that he talked trash about the body shop and threatened to report them to the proper authorites. He was not planning to kill Christopher that day; why would he try to pay two policemen to come and protect him if he did? Why would he risk their actually coming if his intent was anything less than innocent? Forensic evidence that the only way the shot wound would be fatal would be if Christopher were bringing a gun to bear.(Otherwise it would have been a mere flesh wound.)(Also, I would like to point that, because of his criminal record, Christopher was not even supposed to _have_ a gun; his wife got it for him.)
To summarize, of course Tom is scared; the widow is just as crazy and as violent as her schizo husband (who was not taking any sort of medication for his condition) was in his less-than-lucid moments.(Yes, a certain vigilante in her truck _was_ following him.)
As for wanting him and his family to suffer... I can only pity you. I wish you could have peace and understanding, but so long as you cling to bitterness it will never happen. It is probably best to think of the dead in the best light that you can, but you should not let that light blind you to the truth. I wish you the best of luck in your road to healing.
P.S. I am not trying to paint Mark Thomas as the "good guy". I am not trying to depict Christopher Brynarsky as the "bad guy". Those characters do not exist in this situation. There was only bad tempers, misunderstandings, and lots of stress involved her. Mark Thomas is human; I'm sure he had his bad points and weaknesses just like the rest of us. I'm also certain that Christopher had his good moments, too.
Lucie

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Meggy, I 100% completely agree with you! I am truly upset about Mark being convicted! I believe that this family will get what they deserve in the long run for lying, and covering up what Chris did or was planning to do! To be honest I think Mark should try to appeal the court decision! I hate that this family sees thier son/husband as an angel. It disgusts me that they can get away with buying a shot gun and him not supposed to be having one. But Mark has a gun and it is completely LEGAL!!! I know Mark didnt have any intention to kill. He was scared for his life. You know words can't express how disgusted I am with this! It makes me mad that they dont bring into account the threatS that Chris made to Mark before that incident! Or that Chris was picking up a shotgun!
Donna

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Oct 2, 2007
 
Meggy and Lucie I agree with both of you. First of all Sarah, for you to wish ill feelings and things toward Marks family shows what kind of people we are dealing with here.His family had nothing to do with this. They've also lost a son, for awhile anyway. I've known Mark for several years. I will tell you this, I have never known ahim to go anywhere without his gun.Why? That's his business but he had a concealed weapons permit that he was responsible enough to get. I hate the whole thing happened for everyone involved especially Chris. Sarah you werent there .I understand your hurt but honestly you do not know what happened. I think you need to expend your energy towards something more positive now. Chris would probably like that.
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Charlotte, NC

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Oct 2, 2007
 
Mark was convicted? How long is his sentence? Any other info would be helpful too.
Non Biased

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Oct 2, 2007
 
I knew both individuals. Mark will now spend the remainder of his youth and some of his adulthood behind bars. A judge who was sent from more than 2 hours away to "clear out" the back log of cases in Union County sentenced the defendant to a minumum of 12, a maximum of 15 years today. This was trial that seemed to be over before it began, with the judge urging the jury to reach a decision within a day.

I don't condone Mark's actions. It it a tragedy for all involved, on both sides.

Unfortunately, the picture painted during the trial, as well as the one by "Sarah Emerson", is not an accurate depiction of Chris.

Chris was a family man, yes, of someone else's children.
He did own his own business, with credit so poor, he needed a co-signer for water.
He constantly requested cash up front from clients, only to deliver a less than perfect job, with corners cut, and sometimes not produce a vehicle at all, which is what sparked this incident.
Not only had he been clinically diagnosed with mental issues, he had abused many illegal narcotics as long as he has been in NC.

Chris left a less than stellar legacy.

Mark, while not technically dead, will spend the next years of his life along side pre meditated killers, rapists, and others with previous convictions, who have never contributed a positive thing to society.

Of course, his reaction to Chris's threats were not well thought through. If he would have sought legal counsel, the crooked business practices of the deceased would have come to light.

The shop Chris "owned" (owned by the bank), has now changed to DC Customs. I would encourage all to steer clear. It truly, is not worth it dealing with anyone associated with the deceased. It's a shame a skinny young man with no previous record will now be spending life until at least age 36 behind bars, because he didn't think through many split second decisions, ignited by a man who left a legacy on this earth of deceit, recklessness, and blatent evil.
Catherine

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Oct 2, 2007
 
To "Unbiased" - First, how do you know that the judge urged the jury to reach a decision within one day? Were you on the the jury?
Your comment "Chris was a family man, yes, of someone elses children." Well God bless him. It seems as if it could be harder to be a father to someone elses child.
You comment "The shop Chris "owned" (owned by the bank)-------most people need a loan from a bank to run a business, this is not unusual.
With all due respect, perhaps you should reconsider your screen name.
Donna

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Oct 2, 2007
 
Thank you non biased.I know Mark very well and I know many people who know the deceased.I have heard all the things you said even from the people who "liked" him.It is a shame that the jury couldn't have been at that shop that day to see what we and all of the "witnesses"(what do u think they were going to say?) really know happened. If the jury really believed it happened the way they told it Mark would've gotten first degree with life. Tons of doubt for them, I'm sure.
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If I was on the jury, I would not be non biased, as the jury with an age range of 50-65 found Mark Thomas guilty. I do know the judge urges that on all cases, as he was sent from Raleigh for the purpose of cleaning out the back log. I cannot divulge the direct source of that information.

I hope God does bless Chris, he will need it. I simply made that statement to clear up what the media has portrayed as a stand up, good citizen. Recently shacking up with a baby's momma of five is a little different than raising 5 children, correct?

Media is always looking for a shock factor, and this case would have been a markedly lower profile case if Chris was portrayed as the person he TRULY was.

When I stated owned by the bank, that's because the bank was in the process of foreclosing on the property, as the tenant was behind on bills.
Wise one from wadesboro, you are accurate, most business owners get a loan from a bank. However, most business owners make their payments in a timely fashion.

I appreciate your clouded response, I am also interested to hear from those on the other side of the courtroom.

Again, I do not condone Mark Thomas's actions and I side with neither the deceased or the incarcerated.

"With all due respect", using that southernism doesn't give you right to say whatever you want while attempting to sound polite.
Jessica

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Oct 2, 2007
 
My family is very close to Mark, he is like a brother to us and a son to my mom. It is very hard to hear the news. Please know that we are sad for Chris' family and their loss. I am sad for Mark, Meggy and Non-Biased are right there has not been a true picture by the media. Mark was afraid for his life that day and very traumitized at what happened. None of us can say that we would not defend ourselves in the same situation-can we? If you say you would not then look down the barrel of a sawed of shotgun and check your answer again. We love Mark and stand behind he and his family as they go through this extremely difficult time.
Lucie

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Oct 2, 2007
 
You know i have watched the news and I am completly disgusted!!!!! It makes me mad that the news says "apparently he was mad over car work done to his car" There is ALOT more to the story then told.. They portry Mark to be such a bad person.. I hope that this case is appealed!! I just cant get over the fact that this trashy group/family is going to get away with lying!!! And I hope charges are going through for Dana trying to run over Mark!!
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Oct 2, 2007
 
No one can put a value on human life. It seems some are see character as a judgement factor. But, it should not be. I ask a question. For what reason did someone lose their life and is a Humans life worth that reason. How many choices do you make before a decision is made that could potentially cost someone their life. The person that was convicted maybe should have taken a few more steps in resolving the problem, if he truley had the character everyone is stating. The one that die he was a loss to someone that cared for him. For all nvolved, one wins.
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I have known Mark for six years. He would go out of his way for anybody and has been a great friend to so many people. Mark deserves this no more than you or I. Anyone who knows Mark is aware that he would never maliciously harm someone. He is a great guy and a great friend. Mark acted in self defense and anyone with any sense of justice would come to the same conclusion. It is sickening the way this case has been handled. It seems as though instead of seeking the truth the state wanted only to win. What did they win? They took the freedom of an innocent man.
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This would not have happened if the sheriffs office had escorted Mark to the shop like he had asked them to,besides Mark called in an told the dispatchers what had happened,and that he was standing by at the Waffle House to turn himself in,there should be an investigation as to why the sheriffs office refused to escort Mark to the shop.Sad part is it could have been PREVENTED!!!
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You are right! And I hope this is brought up.. There is no reason Mark should be behind bars!!

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