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Police searching for Upstate man accused of killing ex-girlfriend in Gaffney

Shecky Lamar Tate. (Source: GPD) Shecky Lamar Tate. (Source: GPD)
Sametra Dawkins, victim in fatal Gaffney shooting. (Source: Family) Sametra Dawkins, victim in fatal Gaffney shooting. (Source: Family)
Sametra Dawkins, victim in fatal Gaffney shooting. (Source: Family) Sametra Dawkins, victim in fatal Gaffney shooting. (Source: Family)
Scene of fatal shooting in Gaffney (FOX Carolina/ 11/9/17) Scene of fatal shooting in Gaffney (FOX Carolina/ 11/9/17)
Vigil held for Dawkins. (11/13/17 FOX Carolina) Vigil held for Dawkins. (11/13/17 FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The coroner said a Gaffney woman was found shot to death in a vehicle outside a home Thursday night.

The victim was found along the 200 block of Overbrook Drive after police said they received a call about gunshots in the area just after 9 p.m. 

The coroner identified the victim as Sametra Achelle Dawkins. Dawkins lived on Overbrook Drive.

The coroner said an autopsy would be performed to aid in the investigation.

At this point, police said they are not ruling anything out that could have led to the woman's death.

Family and friends came together to remember Sametra Dawkins on Monday night. Put Down the Guns Now Organization held a prayer vigil at Bethel Baptist Church in Gaffney.

Donitra Perry told the crowd that her sister was her 'best friend' and that she was completely 'heartbroken' over her death.

On Monday, police announced they are looking for Dawkins' ex-boyfriend, Shecky Lamar Tate. He's now being called a murder suspect.

“That person took my best friend, my sister, and took my nephew's Mom away,” said Donitra Perry.

Police say Tate is 34-years-old, 185 pounds and 5'10".

“I’m mad and angry at the person that did this," said Perry, "I just hope we get justice and that we find peace."

Anyone with information regarding Tate's whereabouts is asked to call Gaffney Police or 911.

A funeral for Dawkins will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Bethel Baptists Church in Gaffney.

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