Candlelight vigil held for victims of New Year's Day shootings

By Gregory Woods

NORTH CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- Three days have passed and police still haven't made arrests in connection to several New Year's Day shootings.

Two women were killed in the shootings and one is still in the hospital after a police report said she was shot in the head.

Saturday, North Charleston community members and leaders gathered with tears in their eyes in honor of the victims of the shootings.

Keyonia Royal, is the daughter of Janet Royal, one of the women who died from her injuries. Keyonia Royal said her mother was the glue that held her family together.

"I just hope they find the people who did this and bring them to justice because this has destroyed our family," she said.

Teresa is Janet's Royal's cousin and she said she still can't believe Janet is gone.

"We can't even accept it now. It's just hard. It's really hard," she said.

Elder James Johnson helped organize the candlelight vigil. He said stopping the violence begins at home.

"Mothers you may have to turn your sons in, to save their life and possibly saving your life," he said. "If it's in your home you have to get it out of your home. That's very important and we need mothers and fathers to realize that if crime breeds in your home, you have to get it out."

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