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Texas authorities identify missing Oklahoma teen killed in attempted robbery

The bodies of Kenneth Chaffin, 17, who went missing after stealing weapons and a pickup Monday, and Dillon King, 18, were identified Wednesday after they were killed in an attempted robbery in Texas.
by Matt Dinger Modified: March 21, 2013 at 12:01 am •  Published: March 20, 2013

/articleid/3767773/1/pictures/1986414">Photo - This photo provided by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department shows Kenneth Chaffin. Oklahoma authorities say they've issued an alert to national law enforcement to be on the lookout for a 17-year-old boy who left home with guns, up to 2,000 rounds of ammunition and prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Pottawatomie County Sheriif's Department)
This photo provided by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department shows Kenneth Chaffin. Oklahoma authorities say they've issued an alert to national law enforcement to be on the lookout for a 17-year-old boy who left home with guns, up to 2,000 rounds of ammunition and prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Pottawatomie County Sheriif's Department)

Nobody had spoken with Kenneth Chaffin since Monday evening, said his father, Roland Chaffin.

“We tried Facebook, we tried texting, we tried the phone,” he said.

Roland Chaffin said that his son — who finished homeschooling in the past few months and worked at two Tecumseh restaurants — had never had any previous run-ins with the law and was not fighting with his family before his disappearance.

“Kenneth was a follower, not a leader. That's what we figure. He followed someone and got in over his head,” he said.

When the family arrived home, 17 guns and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition kept in a locked bedroom were missing, Roland Chaffin said. Because of the condition of the house, he thinks there was someone else besides his son involved in the theft. The pickup that was taken was going to be given to Kenneth Chaffin when he turned 18.

“My biggest thing is the family down there and what they're going through. ... I would have done the exact same thing as the homeowner. My heart goes out to them,” Roland Chaffin said.

“My son's not an angel. I'm not saying that he is. But the Kenneth we know was not capable of this,” he said.

“God is in control, and God is going to get me through this,” said Kenneth's mother, Brenda Chaffin. She declined to comment further.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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