Friends remember Colleton County murder-suicide victim

CHARLESTON,SC (WCSC) - Friends and Co-workers of 37-year-old Christina Hughes gathered around each other for support Wednesday afternoon.

Co-workers say Hughes worked at the Coosaw Creek Crab Shack for more than five years and traveled two hours a day to work with the people she enjoyed and loved.

"I got denied a table one time and they said they want Christina. She was loved by everybody who crossed her path. She impacted a lot of lives," said Co-worker Holly Alderman.

Colleton County sheriff's received a 911 call in reference to a shooting at 1328 Stokes Road near Walterboro at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday. After arriving on scene, deputies found Christina Hughes and her husband, Randall "Randy" Gregg Hughes, fatally shot inside the residence.

Colleton County Sheriff George A. Malone said the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

According to Malone, investigators believe Randall Hughes shot his wife, Christina Hughes, and then turned the gun on himself and inflicted a fatal gunshot wound.

Alderman says Christina Hughe's death has been a devastating blow to the restaurant.

"I got a text message and my heart dropped and I said it can't be, its not. And my manager called me and I did not know what to say or do," Alderman said.

Nikki Miller was Christina Hughe's manager at the Coosaw Creek Crab Shack and says she learned more from Christina than she could ever teach her in return.

"Everybody loved her so it's going to be hard without her it's not going to be the same," Miller said.

Miller says what makes her co-worker's death even harder is the fact that she was also a mother of six.

"Her most important people in her life were her kids," Miller said.

The restaurant where Hughes worked is currently in the process of putting together a fundraiser to raise funds for her children.

"She was going to school full-time and a mom she was an amazing person and I don't know how she balanced it all," said Co-worker Amber Conner.

According to Hughes' co-workers, she was a student at Trident Tech with aspirations to be in medical field.

The Hughes' children are staying with family members.

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