Man found dead in Trenton

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News 12 at 11, June 22, 2008

TRENTON, S.C. --- What's usually a quiet and peaceful neighborhood is now a crime scene.

"It's quiet all the time. We don't ever have no trouble until this day," Horace Pixley said.

Neighbors here on Courtney Road in Trenton were shocked when they found out Raymond Meriweather, a man they lived by for years, was murdered.

"Everybody mind their own business, and everybody do their own thing on this road," Pixley said.

Edgefield County deputies got the call just after 3:00 this afternoon. Cpl. Robbie Harter says when they arrived at 166 Courtney Road, they found 60-year-old Meriweather lying on the floor unconscious.

"It's very serious. It's a homicide which is very rare for Edgefield County," Cpl. Robbie Harter said.

Rare, because this is the first homicide in Edgefield County this year.

"I'm upset, because something like this don't happen in this neighborhood," Pixley said.

While investigators were on the scene, a fight broke out. Deputies say a man was arrested on unrelated charges. The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and SLED responded to the call. They also brought in their Bloodhound Tracking Team to help search for evidence. News 12 talked to Meriweather's family and friends. They say he lived in this house with his wife.

"He was a good man. As far as I know, he was a good man. He was a good neighbor," Pixley said.

But it's not just a wife he's leaving behind. His parents lived down the street and his children did too. And then there's his church family at Papa Spring Baptist Church in Modoc. All big parts of his life that will miss him dearly now that he's gone.

The case is under investigation. If you have any information on this murder, call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. You can remain anonymous.

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