CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As investigators with the Charleston Police Department search for answers in the early morning shooting that killed 17-year-old Hezekiah Holloway, a community grieves the loss of a life taken too soon.
Burke High School football coach Earl Brown Jr. said Hezekiah played on the football team and only participated in one game this season.
The Charleston County School district were shocked by the violent crime.
"The Charleston County School District family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Hezekiah Holloway," said Mr. Michael Bobby, CCSD ActingSuperintendentt. "Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends during this very difficult time."
In 2010 Hezekiah was active in a group called Chucktown Squash. It's a non-profit, after school program that aims to provide guidance for youth through activities on the squash court and academic guidance.
Hezekiah was 13 years old when he participated.
"For a young life to be taken by senseless violence on any day, much less Christmas, is a tragedy for the entire Charleston community," said Chucktown Squash Executive Director Lauren Herterich. "While Hezekiah had not taken part in the Chucktown Squash program since 2010, we are terribly saddened by the passing of a former teammate. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holloway family at this difficult time."
Authorities say the shooting happened at 3:20 a.m. near the intersection of Hanover and Jackson Streets. Hezekiah was taken to MUSC where he later died.
Investigators are attempting to identify a suspect in the killing.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.