Nightclub murder still emotional for Saluda Co. family

By Tim Pulliam - email

SALUDA, SC (WIS) - Even though 10 years have passed since Curtis Robinson's murder inside a night club in Saluda, Calvin Robinson, Curtis' brother, is still very emotional about the crime.

He recalls seeing Curtis just a few days before his death.

"It happened so fast, we was talking," said Calvin. "He had came over my house that Tuesday."

Calvin says Curtis told him he had just been offered a job in Kentucky. He was excited about the opportunity to provide a better life for his young son and daughter.

"When he left the house, when he pulled off in the van, everything blurred," said Calvin. "I think about this all the time, was it a sign?"

Fast forward to that weekend of Nov. 5, 2000. Curtis went to a party at H and H Club off Neighbors Road in Saluda County. It would be his last.

Curtis was a part-time DJ at the club. Investigators say a fight broke out and several shots were fired. Curtis was hit with one of those bullets.

"This young man was at a club trying to have a good time with his friends and family and some people pulled out guns and shot him," said Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth.

Curtis was 27 years old. His mother, Theresa, remembers that night like it was yesterday.

"When I got to H and H they took him to Aiken hospital," said Theresa. "When I got down there, he was gone."

The Saluda County Sheriff's Department is back on the case, hoping a fresh set of eyes will help solve the decade-old mystery.

"We are re-opening the investigation," said Sheriff Booth. "I've hired a team of investigators to look into this case and try to bring some closure to the family."

After a decade, Calvin says he regrets not taking advantage of the last few moments with his brother.

"I'm crying because he had come over my house a couple times and I was sleeping, working third shift," said Calvin. "He came over to see me and I was sleeping and I never did get to talk to him."

"It's sad that nobody could tell us what happened and if anybody know what happened," said Theresa. "I hope they will come forward."

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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