17-year-old's life cut short after botched robbery

Marley's parents say he pulled off of Savannah Hwy. to sleep in his car. Shortly after he was shot.

By Chris

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- The last few weeks couldn't have been better for Robert and Elizabeth Paige. Marley Lion, Elizabeth's oldest son and Robert's stepson, had just graduated from Academic Magnet and was looking forward to starting his freshman year at Clemson.

The recent high school grad was a two-sport athlete in grade school and was, according to his mother, admired by everyone -- and that's how he'll be remembered.

Lion was shot around 4 a.m. Saturday morning in a parking lot just off Savannah Highway near Famous Joe's. He later died at MUSC.

"I don't think he was really aware of the darkness that goes on in the neighborhood behind that area," Elizabeth said.

Friends and family say Lion drove his truck off the road, and instead of attempting to make the entire trip back to his house, decided to spend the night sleeping in the back of his truck. That's when Robert says things went wrong.

"It was just moments after he had laid down that the first suspect came up and tried to jimmy the door," he said. "Then seconds after that, the second fellow came up and shot Marley through the window."

After the hearing gunshots, a neighbor called police. When EMS arrived they found Marley just barely hanging on.

"He was pretty bad off when they first got there, but he was able to talk a little bit and tell them that they tried to rob him," Robert said.

Not long after being transported to MUSC Marley Lion passed away.

"He had some time to think about things and pray and that helps us," Elizabeth said. "We know that these things go on. Now children are not guaranteed to outlive their parents. It's a part of the world we live in. People lose family members all the time. We are one of those people now."

No funeral arrangements have been made public at this time.{} Academic Magnet has chaplains available for classmates needing counseling.

Investigators are still in the process of trying to identify the suspects. If you have any information you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.