SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - On the same day the family of Gerrod Metoyer gathered for his memorial, one week after he was found shot in the head in North Charleston, they also learned a 14-year-old was arrested in connection with his murder.
Dorchester County Sheriff's say a 14-year-old boy was initially taken into custody Monday for a burglary charge from June. He's now behind bars for armed robbery and murder in connection with the death of the 29-year-old Metoyer..
"We are so happy," Terri Metoyer, Gerrod's Mother, said. "There are so many people happy, I just feel all the loving. I know they are going to continue if there's anyone else involved. God is going to bring them to light."
There were smiles to go around following the news that a suspect was taken into custody in connection to the death of Metoyer one week ago. The family is giving thanks to everyone who called in with tips to police, and those investigating.
"A detective called me and we were talking," Terri said. "I was just happy, and he was happy for us. They're both working very hard. They are some great detectives, they really are. They're really trying, and they're really helping us."
The process is far from over though. The 14-year-old is expected to go through family court as he faces his charges.
Gerrod's family is shocked such a crime could come from a teenager.
"That thing kind of hit me hard," Brenda Metoyer, Gerrod's Grandmother, said. "I'm wondering where are the parents of this child at this time of morning. When are we going to start being accountable as parents."
"I know I want to help the next person it happens to," Misty Gradney, Gerrod's Aunt, said. "Because every life matters. I don't care what the relation was to why the shooting happened, no one deserves to be murdered, and no one deserves to be hurt."
"I just want to say that I hope Gerrod is okay in heaven, and I hope our family is okay, and I hope he's watching us," Kateaux Miller, a younger Cousin of Gerrod, said.
The memorial for Gerrod will start at 7 p.m. at El-Shaddai Missionary Baptist in North Charleston.
Gerrod's funeral will take place at Dorchester Funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday in Midway, Georgia.