UPDATE: Neighbors speak after 14-year-old killed in Allendale
Monday, January 21, 2019
News 12 at 6/NBC at 7
ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- News 12 talked to the family of the 14-year-old that was killed but they’re not ready to go on camera. They did say that Kenjay Brown went by Gilmore & he was a good kid.
The aunt walked News 12 through what happened. Four teens were involved. The irony is she says earlier that day she was just talking to them about gun violence.
There’s only one tiny piece left of caution tape at the front of the fence. On the other side of it was a 14-year-old bleeding out in a backyard.
“I heard a bang,” said the Della Simmons, a neighbor. “I just happened to go to the door, I looked on the other end of the street, there was a rescue squad and a bunch of people were out there and the lights were just flashing.”
It was a flash of life and death. In a matter of moments, a scene was unfolding in a silver car in the back of Bing Street.
“They said it was one of my neighbors’ nephews and he got killed in an older car in the backyard, say somehow or another gun went off,” said Simmons.
The family says, as usual, the group of four friends was hanging out. They don’t believe an altercation happened beforehand, but instead, a weapon was mishandled.
“You just don’t know what to do about it, you just don’t have any idea,” said Simmons.
News 12 asked police do they have an idea of any charges, was this a mistake, who will be held accountable and so far, they tell us, they cannot confirm what’s to come of this case.
“The family down there is hurt. We are hurting too because they are our kids too. They are our kids, as well as their kids, you know what I mean? They belong to us too,” said Simmons.
Heartbreak belongs to the family that said goodbye. Grief belongs to this community.
But with the heartbreak and grief, they’re all hoping justice comes along with it too.
SLED is handling the investigation at this point. The only thing they say right now is their work continues. We’ve also reached out to the coroner for information on the shooting. As this continues to develop, we’ll let you know what charges, if any, come.
Sunday, January 20. 2019
ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Allendale Police officials say a teen is dead after a shooting on Saturday afternoon.
At 3:45 p.m., Allendale Police were called to the scene on the 200 block of Bing Street in reference to a shooting incident. Officers say once they got there, a male subject was on the ground by a vehicle in the backyard of the home. EMS officials were called to the scene, and so was the Allendale County Coroner who pronounced the 14-year-old boy dead at the scene.
SLED is conducting the investigation. We've reached out to the Allendale County Coroner for more information.