Berkeley County Council honors Ariel Morgan with street dedication

On April 10, 2017, the Berkeley County Council approved the dedication of Ambassador Ave. in Moncks Corner to the memory Ariel Elaine Morgan. Ariel was killed by gunfire at a block party in Berkeley County on June 7th, 2014. Pictured left to right: Captain Bobby Shuler, Ariel's mother Kendra L. Morgan-Steven, Sheriff Duane Lewis and Captain Annie Jackson. (Credit: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) — Berkeley County honored a teen killed nearly three years ago.

On April 10, the Berkeley County Council dedicated Ambassador Avenue near Moncks Corner to honor Ariel Morgan. Councilman Caldwell Pinckney, Jr. read the proclamation.

Morgan was shot and killed June 7, 2014, after someone opened fire on a crowd at a party in the Longridge community.  On that night, several people tweeted about their safety concerns at the party.

I really wanna show face at the block party, but I don’t wanna lose my life man,” one twitter user posted. That was re-tweeted by Ariel Morgan.

“[Shout out] to this block party for being down the street from my house,” Morgan wrote.

Now others reply, “I wish it never was.”

Morgan’s mother Kendra Morgan-Stevens spoke with News 2 a year after the incident happened. She said at the time that she kept Ariel’s room the same. Shortly after her daughter was killed, she found an essay Ariel had written on gun violence. It stated that she was firmly against gun violence. Her mother says reading that was “sad and very powerful.”

She was 19 at the time of her death. Ariel’s murder remains unsolved.

There is an $11,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible.

 

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