DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - "I'm in shock right now. I don't know what to say," said Timothy Allen.
Allen was in his Brailsford Boulevard home when two men were shot and killed.
"My son and I heard the gunshots and we immediately went out to the garage and found the two on the ground in the garage," said Allen.
Dorchester County investigators say 19-year-old Ernest Richmond and 21-year-old Shaquille Sanders, both of Summerville, were killed after a fight broke out Monday night. Richmond was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning at Trident Medical Center, while Sanders Monday night at Summerville Medical Center.
"I'm so sorry this happened," said Allen.
While Allen is shocked this happened in his house, while his son and his friends were having a get together, close friends and family are still coming to grips with their deaths.
"Immediately tears start rushing down your face and you don't know how or what to think," said Ceejay Guild, Ernet's cousin.
"It hasn't really hit me yet, but I know when it does, I'm going to have to get on my knees and pray because that's all I can do," said Lita Williams, a close friend to both victims.
Deputies were in the neighborhood Tuesday asking residents if they knew anything. Friends and family say they want justice.
"I don't want to see the person or people who did this dead. I want to see them in jail, because I'd rather them be alive and feel the pain we feel," said Williams.
"Just pray. I got to pray real hard," said Guild.
The sheriff's office has not released any information about a possible suspect.
"It's not even a holiday. I wouldn't even count this as Christmas," said Guild.
"For his mother to have to bury her child, I don't want anyone to have to go through that," said Williams.
For the folks who will mourn this holiday season, they say they will always keep Shaquille and Ernest in their hearts.
"Ernest always kept a smile on his face," said Guild.
"He was just an angel on earth. He had a great soul," said Williams.
So far, investigators have not made any arrests.