Sheriff: Fatal Shooting Leaves One Dead, One Injured

Newberry, SC (WLTX) - A Newberry County family is mourning after one of their relatives was killed at an outdoor party this past weekend.

"He always smiling happy and he was just loved by so many and he also shared love to everybody. And one thing that I can say is I will always remember him for being happy and loving his family", said Monique Kirkland about her brother.

Zemeckis Houston,19, spent the final hours of his life at the party just off Rikland School road where people gathered to celebrate a birthday.

Earlier in the evening, deputies had responded to noise and traffic complaints about the event.

"As they were trying to work their way to where the DJ was playing to ask him to cut the music down. Shots rang out and people started running and when they went down to the crowd the deputies found one person on the ground who had been shot and wounded with a serious gun shot wound to the head", said Sheriff Lee Foster.

Witnesses said that they tried to keep him alive, but according to the autopsy report, Huston was killed instantly.

Houston's sister, Monique Kirkland, said his death has been hard for them to deal with.

"It just hurt us so much. It was unexpected we had no idea that this tragedy would even happen. It hit close to home and not only are we effected but the whole community is affected", said Kirkland.

Deputies are still investigating the shooting which also injured one other man.

If you have any information about this shooting you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.


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