Mom raises thousands to boost reward for clues in teen's death

New flier unveiled in hopes of flushing out teen's killer
New flyer distributed by Crime Stoppers in the Morgan case showing the newly-updated reward amount. (Photo Source: Crime Stoppers)
New flyer distributed by Crime Stoppers in the Morgan case showing the newly-updated reward amount. (Photo Source: Crime Stoppers)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The mother of a 19-year-old girl shot to death during an apparent gunfight has raised thousands of dollars to add to the Crime Stoppers reward in hopes of flushing out her daughter's killer.

Ariel Morgan was shot to death at a June 7 party on Tish Lane in the Longridge community of Moncks Corner.

Her mother, Kendra Morgan-Stevens, raised more than $7,000 to add to the Crime Stoppers reward paid to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person who shot Morgan. That brings the total reward to more than $8,400.

According to a new flyer distributed by Crime Stoppers, violence broke out among some of the 800 attendees at the party, resulting in multiple shots being fired into the crowd.

Police say Morgan was not involved in the dispute.

"Perhaps you were at this gathering," the flyer reads. "Maybe you have heard rumors on the street as to what took place that night. If you have information, even if you think that the investigators already have it, it is important that you make the call. You may just have the missing piece of the puzzle that will bring justice for Ariel and closure for her family."

In September, Crime Stoppers released a new flyer about the crime, but said that no one had come forward with information.

"I think the fliers might help because there's money involved and sometimes money is the motivation of things," Morgan-Stevens said at the time the flyer was released. "I would like for people to just feel my pain for 30 seconds and just decide to speak up against this murder so it can be solved."

A flier distributed for the high profile Marley Lion murder case brought in tips that led to the arrest and conviction of his killer, according to Charleston Police Cpl. Fred Bowie, the Crime Stoppers coordinator. Bowie hopes the same result can happen in the Morgan murder case.

"Hopefully we can get enough words out there. When you take into consideration that there were probably 800 to 1,000 people at this gathering, there's somebody out there that knows something," Bowie said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (843) 554-1111.

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