Friends and neighbors remember 16-year-old killed by grandfather

Friends and neighbors are now talking after a grandfather kills his grandson and then turns the gun on himself. It all took place on Whaley Pond road in Graniteville. News12 tell you why many still can

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News12 / Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

AIKEN CO., S.C. (WRDW) -- "I didn't think it was real. I didn't want to believe it was real. I mean he's only 16," said Kaleanne Hearm.

Hearm still doesn't understand why her friend and classmate, Gerald Wilson, was killed by his 67-year-old grandfather Ronald Wilson.

"It's hard to imagine someone you know, close to you, actually died and you'll never see them again," she said.

Sunday afternoon Whaley Pond Road was quiet and lonely, as crime tape still hung from branches close to where the murder suicide took place. However Saturday night it was a different story.

Aiken County Deputies began piecing together exactly how or why this all happened. The 16-year-old's girlfriend along with his grandmother were able to escape. The grandmother then got help from an off duty cop, who saw the grandfather take his own life.

"Cause that family is going to have to deal with this for all their lives...We are just enduring it now," said Mary Ann Carpenter.

Carpenter also knew the teen who lost his life.

Hearm is one of her 7 grandchildren and as she comforts her, she questions how someone could take the life of a family member.

"You wonder why the grandfather did it? And why it happened to that family? And how they are going to deal with this when it's all over with?" Carpenter said.

So, while deputies may not know the motive yet-- Hearm knows one thing for sure.

"I wish I could have been there for him more. We did separate a lot and not talk to each other for a while, but I kind of wish I could take that back, so I could be able to be friends with him that whole time, since I know I won't be able to do that in the future," she said.

The coroner says the grandfather, Ronald Wilson, was in jail for a domestic violence charge, but was release a few days ago.

The investigation is ongoing but autopsy results should available later this week.


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