Family Pleads for Answers in Summerton Murder Case

Clarendon County, SC -- Nearly 2-months after 18-year-old Johnte' Holliday was murdered in his uncle's Summerton home during a robbery, his family turned to the public for answers.

On Friday, dozens gathered to make a plea for someone who knows what happened to come forward. Holliday grew up in Clarendon County before moving to North Carolina with his mom. He recently came back to South Carolina to find a job to support his girlfriend and their son, due in June.

"He gave me a hug and a kiss and told me that he would be back, he was coming back because he had to get a job and take care of me and the baby and I told him okay," said Mercedes Ruston. "I told him I loved him, and I didn't know that'd be the last time I'd see him drive away from my house."

However, on February 6th officials say he let two men into his uncle's home thinking they were friends -- but the suspects robbed the two and fatally shot Holliday.

"My life will never be normal, my family life will never be normal," said Holliday's mom, LaSharon Thomas. "We have to find a new normal, we have to find a new way of living our lives to be normal because part of me is in the grave."

A week after the shooting, Anthony James was arrested and charged with murder, but police say they're looking for two other men and the case has gone cold.

"When you love somebody, I just don't see how you can hold stuff," said Thomas. "So I know people know stuff and I just pray that they come forward."

"As a community, as Summerton, Manning, everybody stand up," said John Holliday, Johnte's father. "You bring the person responsible to light."

Ruston says she's naming her son after his father and hopes that the public will be able to provide the much-needed details to close the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text the word "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274647). You can also submit a tip through the CRIMESTOPPERS website.


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