DENMARK, SC (WIS) - A 2-year-old child who was shot to death in Denmark was laid to rest on Thursday as law enforcement officials continue to investigate what exactly killed the toddler.
They called it a homecoming for Hayden Mayes. The bubbly 2-year-old who loved Sponge Bob Square Pants, his church and his family.
"He was just a joyful person and I loved him," said Deacon Willie James Sanders at Central Baptist Church.
Denmark police tell WIS the shooting happened Saturday at the home of his neighbor, 44-year-old Sidney Davis.
"It's just a shock," Sanders said. "I guess nobody can understand and nobody will know what happened except who was there."
After a search of the crime scene, police said Davis was arrested on drug and gun charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession a stolen semi-automatic handgun, possession less than 10 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
News of the arrest seemed to do little to comfort those who knew Mayes.
"The family is still a little upset but you know, but hopefully day by day, eventually they'll get over it," Sanders said.
Denmark police said more charges are possible but the investigation has been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Court documents show the firearm Davis was in possession of was stolen from Augusta, Georgia.
Davis was also found with several marijuana cigarettes and a scale on the sink of his bathroom.
A check of Davis' criminal background shows arrests for burglary, assault, attempted robbery, and drug possession.
Davis is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Friday at 10 a.m.