Mount Pleasant couple slain in St. Maarten laid to rest

Michael and Thelma King (provided)

CHAPIN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Friends and family gathered Wednesday to remember a Mount Pleasant couple slain in their home on the Caribbean nation of St. Maarten.

Funeral services for Michael and Thelma King were scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin.

"From high school all the way up we would go camping together," said Donnie Briggs, a longtime friend of the Kings. "(At the) end of every year all the guys from high school would get together and we had a large time. They're going to be deeply missed."

The Kings had homes in Mount Pleasant and St. Maarten, and friends have said Michael King was planning on starting a rum business on the tiny Dutch territory. Their bodies were found stabbed to death last month inside their beachfront condominium.

"Our heavenly father was there during that time," said Paul Allen, pastor at United Methodist Church. "And what I would say is when something like this happens and family grieves over this that god does, too."

St. Maarten police have arrested two suspects in the deaths. Last month, police arrested Jamaican security guard Meyshane Johnson, and his lawyer says he denies killing the couple. This week, prosecutors said a second suspect, a 17-year-old man, had been captured after an intensive search.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that one of the suspects, Johnson, admitted to playing a role in the deaths of the Kings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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