For one victim's family, Myrtle Beach murders a familiar ordeal
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Three Lowcountry families are grieving during the holiday weekend after a deadly shooting in Myrtle Beach. For one of the families, this is the second unsolved murder in two years.
Over the weekend, 28-year-old Jamie Williams, of Ladson, 21-year-old Devonte Dantzler, of Summerville, and 22-year-old Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, of Summerville were all shot and killed at a motel along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.
"He had a big heart and he always smiled. And it was great to have him in the family," said a tearful Barbara Williams.
Family members of De'vonte Dantzler are trying to cope with his tragic death.
And it's the second murder they're dealing with in two years. De'vonte Dantzler's great uncle - John Hancock - was shot to death on Lilac Street in Summerville in October 2012.
"We are tired of violence. We are tired of killing. We're tired of policemen not being able to solve these murders, and detectives not solving these murders," said Williams, De'vonte Dantzler's aunt.
"Times are not like they used to be. We always fight with our fists, but now these boys here, they're for guns," explained Terri Dantzler.
She says her grandson left his job at the Tastee-Freez in Summerville on Friday and drove to Myrtle Beach with two friends. That's where police say all three were shot to death at their hotel on Saturday night.
So far no one has been arrested.
"I know everybody don't want to be, you know, seen. But somebody knows something and who did it and all we want to know who and why. What happened?," asked Dantzler.
"He was a good guy. He was always willing to help. He wasn't disrespectful. We always got along. It's just sad that he had to go like this. And it's just something needs to be done," said Jakia Blakeney, another aunt of the killed man.
As relatives grieve on Memorial Day weekend, they hope investigators can solve the shooting deaths of their family member and his friends.
"The family is hurting behind all this. It's not the kids. It's the family that gotto go through this," said Terri Dantzler.
Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said at a news conference that the shooting happened around 11 p.m. at the Bermuda Sands Motel. At least two of the victims died on a breezeway just outside the doors to the rooms of the motel.