Family of North Charleston shooting victim remembers her

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- North Charleston police continue to look for clues into last week's shootings that killed two women and injured another, the families are dealing with an unthinkable tragedy.

Janet Royal leaves behind her mother, children, grandchildren, and a lot of family and friends.{} But relatives say she also leaves behind a legacy of love for everyone she knew.

"These were all pictures of her birthday party last year. She always had a party at her house," said Keyonia Royal as she describes what her family is wearing.{}

In memory of her mother's tragic death, they're wearing T-shirts with photos of a woman they love and now grieve. Sympathy cards express sadness as they mourn the death of Janet Royal.

"A loving, caring, giving person.{} She would give anything to everybody.{} She just... she liked to help people.{} She liked to help everybody," recalled Keyonia Royal.

That's how she remembers her mom: a vibrant woman who loved her family and friends; a daughter, mother, and grandmother who died senselessly on Jan. 1 at the home on Niagara Street where Christmas was just celebrated.

"Christmas was amazing. We had a really good time at her house. She gathered her whole family there. She had gifts for everyone that walked through the door. I mean it was just beautiful," said Keyonia Royal.

"Just loving and caring. Just cared for everybody. She was real kind, like take anybody in, help anybody out," said Thelmont Royal, the victim's son.

In the neighborhood where Janet Royal lived, North Charleston police have parked a message board.{} It's a Crime Stoppers display looking for tips into her death.{} Loved ones hope it leads to a break for detectives, and a way for the family to begin healing.

"I just hope they can find the people that did this and bring them to justice so we can get some closure and just be at peace," said Keyonia Royal.

Janet Royal would have turned 53 years old later this month. Instead of planning a birthday party, the family is preparing for her funeral on Tuesday.

North Charleston police say Debra Martin was killed just before 7 p.m. on Jan. 1 at a home on Ventura Drive.{} Investigators say she was shot while inside her home.

Medical University Hospital isn't releasing any information about Sabrina Green, the victim of the shooting on Aintree Avenue.{}

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