Candlelight vigil set for Craigslist murder victim

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - People affected by the story of a Beaufort man who was killed while trying to sell a pickup truck on Craigslist have planned a candlelight vigil for Friday night in Beaufort.{}

According to event information, family and friends of Apps will gather on the Beaufort River for a Toast on the Coast Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. A candlelight toast is planned for 8 p.m.

"Alex was a Beaufort Native and there is no better way to remember him than for it to be on the water," the event listing read.

Boaters are planning to line up along the sea wall of downtown Beaufort and remembrance candles will be available at Hair Studio 280 off of Paris Island Gateway

Another vigil was held last Sunday on the beach near the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse.

"I didn't know Alex but like most of you, this tragedy has touched me and I can't help but think of how sad his family is right now. We can't take the pain away, but we can come together as a community to share with them our love and support," said the event organizer who has declined further comment.

There were not any planned speeches; it was just a time to gather as a community in support of the Alex Apps and his family. The event page says the family was not consulted before it was planned.

There is also a growing Change.Org petition calling for the maximum sentence for everyone involved in Apps' death. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the petition had nearly 1,500 supporters.

Apps was killed on October 3 after Charleston County deputies say he met with 19-year-old Jquan Scott and 20-year-old Isaac Williams at a fast food restaurant on Spring Street in downtown Charleston.

The two men spent weeks talking to Apps about buying his used pickup truck after seeing his ad on Craigslist. The three men met, along with Apps' mother who had the title, but the deal was not worked out and Apps sent his mother home and agreed to drive the Williams and Scott across the Ravenel Bridge into Mount Pleasant.

It was on that drive, deputies say, Scott and Williams shot Apps in the head and dumped his body in a wooded area off McGrath Darby Boulevard.

Beaufort County deputies, who were looking for Apps after his mother filed a missing persons report, tracked down Scott after he allegedly used Apps' debit card in Bluffton while visiting friends.

Monday night, Scott led deputies to Apps' body after deputies called him and he arranged to turn himself in. When he met deputies, he was driving Apps' truck, officials said.

However, the back story on Apps' death has been muddled by differing tales based on confessions offered by Scott and Williams.

One version of the story as offered by Scott in Charleston County affidavits said the two men kidnapped Apps, took him to a home on Mathis Ferry Road where they met with two other unnamed men. The group then took Apps on a ride around town before shooting him.

Another version offered to Beaufort County investigators by Scott said Apps offered his debit card as collateral for the truck's title.

Yet another version of the story making rounds on support groups suggests Apps tried to use his debit card as a trade for his life.

Charleston County deputies have maintained that they do not believe any of those alternate stories to be true.

Scott and Williams were denied bond. Their next court date is scheduled for January.

A memorial service for Apps has been set for Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton. Burial services will be held in the New Hope Cemetery in Lexsey, Ga.