Mothers find friendship after children shot to death on same day in separate incidents

Mothers find friendship after children shot to death on same day in separate incidents

SUMMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Heather Pringle has surrounded herself with memories of her son.

"It makes me feel like he's not gone."

According to Charleston Police, 22-year-old Don'ta Pringle was gunned down at a gas station on Meeting Street on July 14 of last year. His mother says he had attended a concert earlier that night with some friends.

Three men were arrested in connection with Don'ta's murder, but according to the Solicitor's Office, the charges were dropped in April because of a lack of evidence.

"I feel like I just got the phone call again," says Pringle." It feels like it's happening all over again because there's no justice.

Pringle says closure doesn't seem possible, but she says she has found a measure of comfort in an unexpected friendship.

"Tamika, she gets me through it. The phone calls at 4-o'clock we're talking when everybody else is asleep because she knows what I feel. She knows what I'm going through. They died the same night. It's just a bond we share."

"My heart goes out to her because I know. It's not that I can imagine what she's going through. I know firsthand."

Tamika Myers lost her daughter on July 14th as well. Twenty-three-year-old Sierra Truesdale was killed while celebrating her birthday at a club in St. George. The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says she was shot twice after the Walterboro-based gang, the Cowboys, opened fire. Two men were arrested for her murder.

"There will never be closure because you have to first accept have to accept it, and I haven't accepted it. I still wait for her to come home."

In both cases, officials say the investigation is active. The Charleston Police says, at this time, there are no suspects in Pringle's murder and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says they are still trying to identify all involved in Truesdale's mother.

Pringle's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Both families, along with others, will hold a "Celebration of Life" rally tomorrow at Wassamasaw Park in Summerville from 1 to 7 p.m.