Coworkers remember Rose Manigault, Mt. Pleasant grandmother murdered alongside family
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
Many in the Lowcountry are still grieving for the Manigault family after a man, two women and a teenager were found beaten to death in their home outside Mount Pleasant on Saturday.
A motive for the killings of Joseph, 72, Rose, 69, Kenya, 42 and Faith. 15, has yet to be determined.
On Tuesday, employees at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens were remembering Rose Manigault, it's where she sold sweetgrass baskets for more than 20 years.
"Mrs. Rose was the type of person who put all of the love in every basket she made, she took her time with it, she would do it the right way," said Isaac Leach, Magnolia's Garden Supervisor. "Everybody loved Mrs. Rose, she was just that type of person that would, that anybody could talk to with ease."
Leach said the news of her murder was beyond shocking.
"I felt lost because I didn't tell her that afternoon 'have a good evening' and it means a lot to me and I'm still having a tough time dealing with it," Leach said.
A tribute of flowers and pictures were placed under the shaded pergola, her exclusive sweetgrass booth designed to her by the late John Drayton Hastie. Leach said she would sit and sew baskets for eight to nine hours a day, but loved talking with visitors. He said beyond the love of her craft, she was devoted to her family.
"The passionate thing she talked about was her family. Her grandkids, her granddaughter, the one that we lost, I knew her when she'd come out here when she was just three or four years old," he said. "Her grandson, she had all the love in her heart for her grandson. That's what makes it so hard."
Manigault's grandson, Lovequawn Scott is charged in the murder of all four family members. He's currently being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.
Before he was booked into jail, Charleston County Deputies said Scott was taken to the emergency room. When they found Scott Saturday, they said his hand was wrapped with a t-shirt. Investigators said they also found dumbbells near the victims' bodies. The coroner said the victims died from blunt force trauma.