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Grieving friends speak out for the first time about Dominique Sheppard and his murder

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There are still no leads in the first murder of the year in Charleston.

One week ago, 48-year-old Dominique Sheppard was found shot and killed, at the Meeting Street on-ramp of I-26 west bound.

Police are still searching for a suspect, and they are not the only ones who want justice.

ABC News 4 was able to speak with Sheppard's close friends Tuesday.

Sean Halls and Dominique Sheppard cut hair alongside each other for nearly 27 years at House Cutts, a barbershop in Charleston County.

Customer Kevin Lawer said that Sheppard was “A real gentle classy guy, Dallas Cowboys fan, one of the best gentlemen I knew.” House Cutts was a gathering place for friends, family and football.

“He showed love and kindness to everybody he come in touch with and that goes a long way when you have a long day, “said customer Kevin Thompson.

Now the barbershop is a place of grieving.

Sean Halls, Sheppard’s partner at House Cutts barbershop said, “This is a tragedy not only for his family, everybody is his family outside of his wife and kids everybody was his family.”

Halls says he saw his friend last Tuesday night when they were closing up the shop around 8 p.m.

According to Halls, Sheppard spent most Tuesday nights after work listening to jazz at a Touch of Class, also known as the Commodore Club, near the I-26 Meeting Street ramp.

Around 11:30 p.m. that night, Sheppard turned left on to the ramp.

That's when police say he might have been involved in an altercation with another person.

Sheppard never made it home to his wife and kids.

Police found him on the interstate ramp, lying about 50 feet from his car, fatally wounded from multiple gunshots.

Halls calls the crime senseless. He says Sheppard was one of the good guys and he'll miss his positive energy and "his whole aura, there was never a bad feeling around him. I never heard him gripe the whole time. People are going to miss that support, coming in looking for that smile.”

For now, Halls says he is taking some time off from the barbershop.

Police have released photos of a van who may have witnessed the shooting. They are asking anyone who may have any information to please call Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.


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