USC Sumter Student Shot to Death, Teen Charged With Killing

7:44 PM, Jun 19, 2007   |    comments
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(Sumter) - Sumter police are investigating a fatal shooting early Monday morning. Officers say around 2 a.m., 19-year-old Dominique Wimberly was found with multiple gun shot wounds at the Popular Square Apartment complex on Miller Road. Witnesses told police Wimberly was sitting in a parked car outside the apartments, when two men wearing all black with ski masks shot into the vehicle and ran off. Wimberly, after being hit, made his way to one of the units and someone called 911. Wimberly was taken to Tuomey Medical Center, where he died during surgery. Police say 17-year-old Jermel Robinson, a resident at the apartment complex, was also shot. He was found in a different building and taken to the hospital. His involvement in the incident is under investigation. Officers did arrest one of the masked men, 17-year-old Teron Jackson, charging him with murder. News 19 spoke with Wimberly's family who says their son was a rising sophomore at USC Sumter, and planned to become a lawyer. "He just loved people. He loved being around people," said his mother, Gloria Crosky-Wimberly. Police have not yet determined a motive in the shooting. "Whoever took my son's life, took away everything," said Crosky-Wimberly. Dominique is the youngest of four children, and family members and friends say he was headed down the right path from an early age. "He's a kind heart, and he kept it light and was always joking and made people laugh," said his brother-in-law, Terrance Frederick. Family members and witnesses told News 19 that Wimberly may have been visiting a friend at the apartments and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. "It's not the quantity of life that you live, it's the quality. Even though Dominique lived a short life, he left a lasting impression on the people who he came in contact with. Something that's going to last through the years," said his former football and basketball coach, William Jefferson. Funeral plans are set for 11:00 a.m. Friday at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Brand St. in Sumter. Police do not believe the shooting to be gang-related, nor drug-related. Anyone with additional information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS.

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