Two teens arrested in shooting death of Edgefield father

Torrian Oree and his daughter
Torrian Oree and his daughter(WRDW)
Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 10:56 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, S.C. - An Edgefield resident known as a loving father was found shot dead along Interstate 20 in Lexington County.

The coroner said Torrian Oree, 21, of Edgefield, had been shot multiple times before he was found dead around 7 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 20 East.

He leaves behind a daughter, relative Demetrius Miles told News 12.

“She was the world to him,” Miles said.

Oree, who grew up in Edgefield, “always was smiling and in good spirits,” Miles said.

State troopers shut down several miles of I-20 after Oree’s body was found just east of the Longs Pond Road exit. The interstate was closed until around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday as investigators collected evidence and spoke to witnesses.

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Remembering Torrian Oree

Deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday evening that two 17-year-old men were arrested in connection with the shooting.

“A short time after we responded to the call of a man down on the interstate, the suspects showed up at the hospital seeking treatment because one of them had been shot,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in the release.

“Based on forensic evidence and the information we gathered from witness statements, the teens we arrested had some sort of disagreement with Torrian Oree as they drove down the interstate,” Koon said. “Oree was shot inside the car and either bailed out or was forced from the front passenger seat as the car was going down the road.”

The driver of the car was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, according to Koon. The passenger was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Both are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Deputies say the names of the suspects will not be released because they are under the age of 18, according to Koon. However, we do know one of the teens is from Edgefield County and the other is from Saluda County. They are both charged with murder.

To those who remember him, Oree is more than a statistic.

“He will be missed by everyone,” Miles said. “It’s sad that it happened to him because he was loved.”

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