Aiken County man murdered in own home

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

September 6, 2006

A killer is on the loose in Aiken County.

36-year-old Phillip Morris, Jr. was shot early this morning at his home at 1187 Horseshoe Bend Road off Highway 19.

Authorities are scrambling for clues as family members try to understand what went wrong.

"He was always trying to help somebody," Joy Henderson, Morris' girlfriend, told News 12.

It's that same compassion the family of 36-year-old Phillip Morris, Jr. believes caused the tragic end to his life early Wednesday morning.

"He just helped the wrong people," Henderson said.

Phillip Morris was awakened by a knock at his back door but by the time he went to see who it was, it was already too late.

"Deputies found the victim at the back door of the home shot once in the stomach," Lt. Michael Frank told News 12.

Joy Henderson helplessly watched as her boyfriend took his last breaths.

"These boys came to the door, he opened it," she said. "I tried to help, but I couldn't do nothing."

"I raised my weapon at them. I couldn't get it to fire, but I had it raised at them, and they seen it and took off."

Paralyzed with fright and no clear look at the man who pulled the trigger, investigators are left at a standstill in the search for a killer.

"We collected evidence at the scene," said Lt. Frank. "It has to be processed, so it may take some time for results. But we're hopeful it will help move the case forward."

As time passes, a grieving family is pleading for answers.

"Whoever you are, please come forward and let us know why you did this, please," said Morris' mother, Elva Randall.

Investigators still don't have any new leads to the case.

The first of the two suspects was described as a black male wearing a multi-colored shirt with blue jean shorts.

There was no description given for the second man involved.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Morris was an animal lover who raised pigs at a small farm. He had several pigs, dozens of dogs and even a goat.

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