Funeral today for teen murdered in West Ashley

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Family and friends are saying goodbye to a 17-year-old Academic Magnet grad who was murdered over the weekend.

Marley Lion will be buried on Thursday.  A funeral service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on Camp Road at 2 p.m. Visitation for Lion was held at the church from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday night..

Marley was shot and killed early Saturday morning in a West Ashley parking lot.

Charleston police recently released surveillance video of the crime in hopes that it would help to catch the shooter.

Before he died, Lion was able to tell police he pulled off Savannah Highway because he felt too drunk to drive home. Police say he was in the parking lot for 20 minutes before the shooting.

"He did absolutely nothing to deserve what ended is life," Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said. "Now the person that did it, the person we're dedicated in finding, deserves everything they end up with in terms of prison and spending the rest of their life in jail."

Detectives are now increasing the number of patrol officers in the West Ashley area where the shooting happened.

"We've stepped up man power, we are hitting the neighborhoods, our intelligence is trying to generate information for us and we are following every tip and lead," said lead detective Richard Burkhardt.

Investigators say they are searching for two men. One man was the shooter and the other is a man police believe could be a witness.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information that could lead to an arrest.

The number is 554-1111.

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