Tuesday, October 15, 2013
“On the evening of November 4, 2003, David Larone Boone was sitting in the driveway of his Palmetto Park home when a driver of a white SUV pulled up and asked Boone a question. As Boone was speaking to the driver, an armed passenger exited the SUV and shot Boone to death. The gunman then reentered the SUV and fled the scene.”
“John Elliot Hancock, his nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend sat talking in a parked car outside a Lilac Street home in the Robynwyn subdivision October 3, 2012. Then a car drove by and gunshots rang out. Hancock was struck multiple times and was the only person hit. He was dead at the scene.”
“When Don’ta Pringle left his Summerville home July 14, 2013, he had a lot to look forward to. It was the only night of the week when he could unwind and not worry about his landscaping job the next day. The 22-year-old planned to attend a concert in downtown Charleston - his first time hanging out on the peninsula. The next afternoon, he planned to spend time with his 1-year-old daughter, who meant the world to him. After the concert, as he talked with some young women outside a Meeting Street gas station, an SUV drove up. Someone started shooting. He never did get to see his daughter the next day. He died as he arrived at the hospital.”
So read published reports of the murders of three young men over the past 10 years. Two of these murders have not been solved, according to community activist Louis Smith who is organizing a March and Rally Against Violence in memory of the three. In the third, Pringle’s, two men have been charged.
“We want to urge the police to reopen these ‘cold cases’ and bring the families justice and closure,” said Smith.
On Oct. 9, prior to the Summerville Town Council meeting, Smith held a press conference in front of town hall.
About 30 supporters gathered including members of the Boone and Pringle families. Smith told cameras that he would be speaking to the council at its meeting in a few minutes, asking it to form a task force to solve the cold cases.
Community Organizer Thomas Dixon of The Coalition - People United to Take Back Our Community in N. Charleston - also spoke.
“We want to work with the police,” said Dixon, “to stop the violence in our community…if we don’t who will?”
Summerville Police Department PIO Jon Rogers says the cases are still under investigation.
The Stop the Violence march begins at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Club NV. 1010 West 5th North Street (Hwy 78) and culminates at Wassamassaw Park where the rally will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. The route takes the march through Robynwyn where the young men lived.
Sponsors of the event include Summerville Fire Department, Lowcountry Black Historical Society, Club NV, Rock of Faith Baptist Church, Aaron Robinson, Tri-County Bikers, Dark Riders Motocycle Club, Gospel DJ Leroy Jones, L & M COnvenience Store, Matt’s Barbershop, B & H Banquet Hall, Robynwyn Palmetto Civic Association, Community Resource Center, People to People Plus, McMichael’s Groceries and Greater New Bethel Sounds of Praise.