Confederate flag controversy in Colleton County

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A social media post is string up controversy in Colleton County. It all started with the death of two teenagers, Casey Parrott, 17, and Marshall Catterton, 28, both of Walterboro.

On Sunday, June 19, friends and family of the pair got together with trucks, cars, and motorcycles to fly American and Confederate flags in their honor.  “No matter where he was or what he was doing, there was always a Confederate flag or state flag on his truck,” said Caitlin Simmons, friend of both teens.

In a video, which since has been removed from Facebook, Senator Margie Bright Matthews reacted to the procession by saying “Shame, shame, shame!!” Matthews said in a reply post that her grandson was in the house at the time and was upset because he thought someone was going to hurt him.

“We just want to honor our friends that were killed,” Simmons said. “This wasn’t meant to hurt or offend anyone,” Simmons added.

Parrott and Catterton died after their vehicle hit a deer on Jefferies Highway in Walterboro. They were struck by a van as they tried to remove the deer’s body from the road.

Several posts to Bright Matthews on Facebook gave the Senator insight into the reasons behind the procession, which came following memorials for the Mother Emmanuel shootings.

“Perception is ‘everything,'” she said in a final post about the incident. “I did not know that Mr. Catterton and his friend was killed the night before. So, on first sight, one would think that this procession was in response to the Church Shootings. I understand that was not the case […] Given what I found out the next day, the procession appeared respectful to all.”

Friends and family told News 2 that they wanted a public apology from Senator Matthews. We’ve reached back out to Simmons about the Facebook apology, we are still awaiting her response.

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