CMPD officer found unconscious, declared dead. ‘Saddens me to my core,’ chief says.

Joe Marusak
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Nerick Lufungula was found unconscious on Thursday and was soon declared dead, CMPD officials said Friday.

Lufungula appears to have died of natural causes, according to CMPD.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Nerick Lufungula was found unconscious Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2021, and was soon declared dead, CMPD officials said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Nerick Lufungula was found unconscious Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2021, and was soon declared dead, CMPD officials said.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Police Chief Johnny Jennings said Lufungula’s death “saddens me to my core. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers during this difficult time.”

Lufungula’s brother, Edo Lufungula, posted family photos of his brother on Facebook.

“Words are not enough to describe my pain!” Edo Lufungula wrote in French. “Nerick Moise Lufungula aka “Mo” my baby brother, the Benjamin of the family went to the beyond, on the tip of his feet!, so young..”

Les mots ne sont pas assez pour décrire ma peine! Nerick Moise Lufungula aka "Mo" my baby brother, le Benjamin de la famille est partie dans l'au delà, sur la pointe des pieds!, si jeune...

Posted by Edo Lufungula on Friday, January 22, 2021

Condolences soon poured in under Edo Lufungula’s post.

“He was an amazing man, I’m honored to have gone to high school with him and worked with him,” Mike Hibbler posted. “Blessings”

“May your soul rest in peace little brother,” wrote Philippe Imagna Katembo.