Crime Stoppers SC has announced they have raised the reward for the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for killing Ariel Morgan.
The press release says, “On the evening of June 7, 2014 there was a block party in the Moncks Corner area of Berkeley County. During the course of the evening violence broke out among some of the attendees. Multiple shots were fired among the crowd of hundreds. Unfortunately Ariel Morgan, who was not involved in the dispute, was struck and fatally injured. Ariel was a 19 years old African American female who had a promising future ahead of her. Berkeley County detectives have worked long hours on this case. They are asking for the public’s cooperation as the case moves forward. Perhaps you were at this gathering. Maybe you have heard rumors on the street as to what took place that night. If you have information, even if you think that the investigators already have it, it is important that you make that call. You may just have the missing piece of the puzzle that will bring justice for Ariel and closure for her family. You will remain anonymous and will earn a sizable reward.”
If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (843)554-1111 or toll free at 1-888-CRIMESC. All tipsters remain anonymous and you never have to give your name. Tips may also be submitted by visiting www.5541111.com or by texting to 274637. Begin text tips information with the letters CSL.
Detectives are searching for the person who shot five people, killing a teenager at a block party 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.
“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.