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Friends share memories of Holly Hill murder victims

Krystal Hutto (Photo Source: Facebook) Krystal Hutto (Photo Source: Facebook)
HOLLY HILL, SC (WCSC) -

The Orangeburg County Coroner has identified the four people killed in a shooting in Holly Hill Thursday as Krystal Hutto, 28, Jerome Butler, 50, Shamekia Sanders, 17, and Tamara Perry, 14.

All four were found dead at a home on Old State Road this morning. An 8-year-old survived the shooting, and was flown to MUSC.

Amanda Cornell has known Krystal Hutto for nearly 10 years, going back to their time working at Movie Gallery.

“She needed a job, and, you know, she was bubbly and that's what we were looking for,” Cornell said.

Cornell’s husband called her when he heard the news that Hutto and four others had been shot.

"The next thing I heard was ‘It’s Krystal’s house’,” Cornell said. “When I heard it was Krystal's house my first thought was ‘My god. Her baby’. She just had a baby.”

Hutto had an eight-year-old girl and a newborn baby and had recently gotten engaged. 

“Last time I saw her she was happy go lucky and glad she’s getting married,” Cornell said. “For this to happen, I mean it's crushing because I would've never thought in a million years anybody would want to hurt her. She just a sweet kind soul person.”

Just in the past few years, Hutto's mother and father both died in separate car crashes.

"I don't understand how someone can come in and just do that, and now these babies are left with no mommy, no grandma, no granddaddy because Krystal was doing it on her own,” Cornell said.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office said they do not have information on Hutto’s children.

Cornell said Sanders was Hutto’s step-daughter by engagement.

A superintendent for Orangeburg County schools said Sanders was a cheerleader at Lake Marion High school. Tamara Perry was headed into the eighth grade this year.

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