Detectives are searching for the person who shot five people, killing a teenager at a block party early Saturday morning on Tish Lane in the Long Ridge Community of Berkeley County.
Killed in the shooting was 19-year-old Ariel Morgan. She was a Stratford High School graduate who was home from college.
Saturday evening friends gathered to remember her and pray for peace of mind.
“We were friends since 8th grade. She was a cheerleader and I was a football player,” Johnnie Lynch remembered.
“We had classes together since Freshman year until we graduated. She became a big sister,” he added.
Dozens of teenagers and parents from across the Lowcountry gathered just 12 hours after her death. They say she was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“A party that turned the wrong way and she got in front of a bullet that didn’t have a name on it,” Lynch said.
“Just shocked and scared because it can happen to any one of us. We never thought it would happen to her,” he added.
They prayed and cried together trying to understand young life lost.
“It’s just prayer. Just being a unit; a small body of kids coming together after a tough loss,” Lynch explained.
” She was an angel. She was passionate and very kind. Just an angel,” Lynch said.
With emotions running high, this day they turned to a higher power.
“Don’t look for revenge… be shoulders for one another. Just love on each other. This is a time for a community to come together. It stinks that we have to come together in such a terrible situation,” Lynch said.
“It’s a big wake up call. God’s trying to get our generation’s attention and it’s time for us to listen,” he added.
Detectives are looking to speak with anyone who was at the party.
If you have any information please call Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.