Agents of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are assisting local law enforcement as they investigate a murder scene in rural Allendale, S.C.
According to our law enforcement sources, the body of a 24-year-old black male dressed in women’s clothing was discovered on Sunday afternoon (August 4, 2019) just off of Highway 278.
The victim – whose name has yet to be released – is reportedly known in the local community as a transgender, which has prompted inquiries about the crime from national lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) organizations.
According to our sources, the victim was discovered on Sunday by a passerby slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle with an apparent gun shot wound to the head. Further investigation revealed he had sustained at least three gun shot wounds to the head.
What happened? Good question …
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As of this writing, our local law enforcement sources tell us there is some early progress in the investigation as it relates to a potential suspect – however, it is not clear whether police have identified any possible motive in connection with the crime.
We suspect motive will be assigned particular scrutiny in this case …
SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson would only say her agency had been requested to assist on a murder investigation in Allendale County. That request was made by the Allendale County sheriff’s office, she told us.
Richardson declined to provide further details, referring to the inquiry as “ongoing.”
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