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Family of triple homicide victim pleads for public’s help in finding killer

Updated: Dec. 18, 2019 at 5:32 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a triple homicide at Woodland Village apartments on Tuesday.

The shooting left Branton Booker, 28, Sheldon Livingston, 26, and Duwan Williams, 27, dead after each were shot several times, according to the Lexington County Coroner.

Investigators said a fourth person inside the apartment with the three victims was able to get out and call 911. That person was interviewed by investigators but so far, no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.

The family of Branton Booker is asking the public to come forward with any information that may lead to an arrest.

“This has got to stop. It’s senseless,” Meredith Tribble, Booker’s aunt, said.” It’s right here at Christmas time. It’s Christmas time, it’s supposed to be a spirit of joy. We’re supposed to be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.”

Tribble said Booker enjoyed sports and was a high school athlete. He was a father of three children and spent the weekend before his death with them.

“He loved his children and would do anything for those children,” Tribble said. “Anything. Everything. Even though people say young black fathers don’t step up, Brant stepped up to the plate. He’s been there through it all with his children, from birth up until today.”

Tribble said a few years ago her brother was killed in Texas and she can’t begin to understand why someone would want to kill her nephew.

“Us losing him this way is unbelievable, shocking, we just went through this a couple of years ago,” she said. “Now, to lose him in the same fashion… I’m not understanding. I’m not understanding, why and who would want to do this to him. Who? And Why? We deserve answers.”

A friend of Duwan Williams said he was recently named employee of the month at work and leaves behind a 3-year-old son.

According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit, 10 homicides have been investigated so far in 2019.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous.

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