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Robbery may have been motive for Pawleys Island murder

  • Friday, August 24, 2012

Robbery may have been the motive for Saturday’s shooting death of a Connecticut man who was in the area to attend a family funeral.
Sean Edwards, 21, of New Haven, Conn., was gunned down in the parking lot of Club Isis in Pawleys Island at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at Waccamaw Community Hospital at 3:31 a.m., according to Coroner Kenny Johnson.
A Pawleys Island police officer was the first law enforcement official on the scene. When he arrived, he found Edwards on the ground with a faint pulse. He was between a car and a trash container when authorities arrived, according to an incident report.
The driver’s side door on Edward’s vehicle was open.
Johnson said an autopsy revealed Edwards died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said investigators are following leads on a possible suspect but no arrests have been made.
Edwards arrived in town Friday afternoon with other family members to attend the funeral of his aunt Merve Milton which took place Sunday, according to Edward’s cousin, William Clark.
Clark said because Edwards only recently turned 21, it was his first time at Club Isis.
He was accompanied by some other family members but they were inside the club when the shooting took place, Clark said.
He said, so far, investigators have released very little information to the family.
“They say they think he was robbed but they are not telling us anything else,” Clark said. “No one has a clue who did it.”
Clark described Edwards — who lived in Connecticut his entire life — as a “jolly person” who did not start trouble.
“He was very wise. He had his high school diploma,” Clark said, adding Edwards was working in maintenance at a hospital in his hometown.
The was the second murder in Pawleys Island this year and both are unresolved.
James Earl Richardson Jr., 18, was found shot to death at the corner of Parkersville Road and Julian Rutledge Drive on May 25.
He suffered “multiple gunshots to the torso,” according to Johnson.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information about either murder to call 546-5101.
Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from any text enabled cell phone, and text the word “GCSOTIP” followed by your message. This service is for crime tips ONLY, not for the reports of crimes in progress. For crimes in progress call 911.

By Scott Harper
sharper@gtowntimes.com

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