NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The mother of a woman shot to death during a drive-by shooting on Mother's Day spoke out at a Wednesday morning bond hearing.
Police say Derrontae P. Holmes, 19, and Charmani Keperiche Shark-McDonald, 20, were both arrested Tuesday night in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Kedena Brown. Holmes, who turned himself in, was charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Shark-McDonald was charged with obstruction of justice.
Brown, a 36-year-old mother of three, was struck by gunfire while driving her Chrysler 300 in the area of Ashley Phosphate and Northwoods Boulevard in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 10.
Police say they believe Brown's car was mistaken for a similar car involved in a shootout that began in the area of Lawrence Street and Constitution Avenue.
At a bond hearing Wednesday morning, Brown's mother told the judge her daughter's murder has been hard on the family.
"Mr. Holmes should have been home on Mother's Day honoring his mother instead of being out there, destroying another mother," Marilyn Wilson said.
"Why is it that you're out there shooting, the Bible says one of the commandments is thou shall not murder," Brown's aunt Kathy Smith said. "You did this to have that much to do that to somebody. Whether it was Kedena or somebody else, you have to have a blackened heart."
Last week, North Charleston police arrested a 16-year-old juvenile in connection with Brown's murder. The juvenile was charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Other arrests in the fatal shooting include 20-year-old Richard D. Simmons, and 24-year-old Nigela Tamika Brown.
Simmons has been charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Nigela Brown is facing a charge of obstruction of justice.