WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - One of the last things Latonia Workman said to the three masked men who had broken into his home early Thursday morning was to not hurt his mother.
The deadly home invasion happened at 75 Spinnaker Drive, which is approximately five miles south of Winnsboro.
Deputies say Workman's mother was at the home around 12:30 a.m. when somebody kicked the door in and three men entered.
Workman arrived minutes later and walked in on the apparent robbery. The men, who were wearing red bandanas and hockey masks, held Workman at gunpoint and demanded money from him.
"He just told them don't hurt his mama," family member Robinette Sampson said. "He wasn't caring about his life, but they still going to kill him, and he said just don't hurt his mama."
The 34-year-old was then shot in the leg with his mother being pinned to the ground just feet away. That gunshot was fatal.
According to Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery, the three men fled from the home in Workman's car. Deputies located the abandoned car just a quarter mile from the home.
The three men are still at large.
"I hope and trust in God that whoever did it, I hope they're found," Workman's grandmother Lula Anderson said. "I hope that they catch them, because we're going to miss him. We're going to really miss him," Workman's cousin Allen Pearson said.
Deputies found a lock box at the home that was open and empty. Investigators have not said if anything was stolen.
Workman's mother said she didn't get a good look at the suspects because they had concealed their faces during the incident.
Montgomery, who said investigators believe the robbery was a random act, said deputies are working several leads, but hopes the community can help identify the people responsible.
"Whoever knows anything about this, we just pray that they would come forward, go to the police, call CrimeStoppers, call somebody and let them know if you know anything, because this was senseless," Samson said. "There was no need to do it."
Friends and family plan to gather at the Spinnaker Drive for a candlelight vigil Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Your anonymous information could make you eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.