Church members speak out after 'well-liked' woman's murder

ST. STEPHEN, SC (WCSC) - A community is torn apart after a St. Stephen woman was shot to death last week. Members of the church she attended say it is time for the community to stand up to the violence.

"She was here that Sunday, as a matter of fact. And then that Sunday night, the incident happened," said Lazarus Jenkins, Deacon of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Eutawville.

Jenkins said he saw Brittany Aigoro at the church just hours before she was shot and killed in St. Stephen.

"It certainly has affected the community, the churches. All of us have been affected by this. It's just sad," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said Aigoro attended church almost every Sunday, and her death has rocked this small community.

"She was well-liked. Always smiled. She was a beautiful person," Jenkins said.

Police said Aigoro was shot just after midnight on Monday morning, September 26th, while visiting a friend. They said shots were fired into the home during a robbery attempt.

Six people have been arrested and charged with murder: Deanna Shaw and Arnashia Stokes, as well as four men, Brandon Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins, Sheldon Goodman and the victim's fiancee, Aveon Goodman.

The men are from Eutawville, has some members of this church worried. They said the community's youth need more adult guidance.

"A lot of their guidance comes from hanging with their friends," Derrick Jenkins, also a Deacon at the church, said.

Derrick Jenkins said all parents and children in the area are invited to a meeting at the church Thursday evening in hopes of preventing another tragedy.

"It's not going to be a meeting of what the youth are doing wrong. It's about what we can do as a community to come together and help the youth," Jenkins said.

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