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Family of victim in deadly Aiken shooting remembers their loved one

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

AIKEN, S.C. -- An argument in Aiken County turned violent when someone fired shots Saturday night.

Those shots killed 23-year-old David Maple. Deputies say the man behind the gun was 17-year-old London Wooden who lived just down the street.

Neighbors were on edge Sunday night, but their uneasiness is nothing compared to what Maple's family is coping with.

Maple's family and friends gathered at his home to wrap arms around one another, remembering the life of a loved one taken too soon.

"If you had five words to describe David, what you they be?" asked News 12.

"Loving, caring, honest and he would tell you the truth whether you would want to hear it or not," said James Butler, Maple's brother.

Family members say Maple had recently started going to church and had just celebrated his birthday Sept. 20.

"My brother turned his life around all the way, it is like he did a whole 360," Butler said.

His brother couldn't help but smile when looking back at childhood memories.

"We were just running through the woods, we had a sand hill we used to jump off of and do back flips, throwing dirt balls and everything at each other, just having fun," Butler said.

While a family has come together to support each other, a nearby community is torn apart.

"It was just devastating for the 'hood," said Candace Doyle who lives on the street where the shooting happened.

While News 12 was at Dallas Circle, deputies were called back out to the neighborhood for another disturbance, stemming from the shooting.

"It was just shocking because he was friends with everyone out here, and he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Doyle said.

That's something investigators still can't figure out -- why the shooting happened in the first place.

"He wasn't about any conflicts or anything any more, if he could walk away from the situation, that it is what he did, and he just turned his back and tried to walk away," Butler said.

Now this family is left wishing it had all played out differently.

London Wooden is currently being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Investigators are stilling trying to piece together what caused the initial argument. Call the Sheriff's Office if you have any information about this case.

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