Gunman who killed North Augusta man remains on our streets 2 months later

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email
The killer and the motive behind the death of 28-year-old Travis Smith is still unknown to investigators. (WRDW-TV)

The killer and the motive behind the death of 28-year-old Travis Smith is still unknown to investigators. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- North Augusta investigators need you. They are working with ATF and SLED, but still, they cannot figure out who killed a 28-year-old man at Ridgeview Manor Apartments.

It has been two months, and still no one is in jail. Police in North Augusta held a news conference and are talking directly to you.

Police say the person who killed Travis Smith used a 38-caliber weapon or a .357, but as for who pulled the trigger to that gun, is still a mystery.

Somewhere on our streets is a killer.

"May be able to hurt somebody again, that's the scary part," said Tyesha Simmons.

No one wants to know more then Simmons.

"Some people turn away from it because it hasn't happened to them or they haven't experienced it. I would've never thought I would've gotten that call two months ago that my brother had been murdered," she said.

Right now, Simmons knows just as much, or more like little, as she did on the early morning she lost Smith.

"You just want to know because you have nothing to go on, you know, you don't what his last moments are," she said.

North Augusta Public Safety officers don't have a lot of information to go on either.

"It was almost calculated and planned, but we just can't tell where they came from," said Chief John Thomas.

North Augusta Police desperately need your help.

Here is what they know: Two men in hoodies approached Smith while he was visiting a friend at Ridgeview Manor on Sept. 29. Smith was found dead, shot in the stomach, on the couch.

"We're no stranger to crime, but this kind of thing gets our attention quickly," Thomas said.

"You are just carrying this around, night and day and it just wears you down," Simmons said.

She wonders if guilty is doing the same, weighing down, a gunman who ended her brother's life.

"There's information out there and people are reluctant to give it to us and I really don't understand why," Thomas said.

Neither can a sister, who has made finding her brother's killer a full-time job because she knows that somewhere on our streets someone knows something.

North Augusta Police say they have some persons of interest, but it has been a difficult case because they can't quite figure out a motive.

If you know anything, you can remain anonymous and there is a cash reward.

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