New information discovered on Holly Hill victims

VIDEO: New information discovered on Holly Hill victims
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: Facebook - Shamekia Sanders
Source: Facebook - Shamekia Sanders
Source: Butler Family
Source: Butler Family

HOLLY HILL, SC (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office and State Law Enforcement Division continue to investigate the shooting deaths of four people in a Holly Hill home.

New information about the victims, Jerome Butler, 50, Krystal Hutto, 28, Shamekia Sanders, 17, and Tamara-Alexia Perry, 14, are being discovered.
The eight-year-old who was hurt during the shooting remains in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound.

A spokesperson with the sheriff's office said Sanders and Perry are the daughters of Christopher Wright, 36, of Holly Hill, who was arrested on two outstanding drug warrants from SLED.

Those charges are unrelated to Wednesday's homicide.

Meanwhile SLED and the Sheriff's Office remained on scene at the Holly Hill home where Wright is said to have lived.

Family and friends of the victims continue to come to grips with the tragic news.

"He was a very good person," Michael High, Butler's brother-in-law, said. "You never thought that would happen to him."

High says he worked with Butler at Holly Hill Tire.

He describes him as a hard working employee who didn't seem to have any problems with anyone.

"I have never known that he had any problems with getting into violence and getting into trouble that I know of," High said.

"He was always in a good mood," Petronia Williams, who worked next door, said. "Always the same spirited guy. Nothing really ever got him down."

High said Butler was an outgoing person, who would usually hitch rides with people to work.

The last time he saw him was on the side of the road talking to someone in a truck.

Never did he think that would be the last time he would see Butler again.

Police have not said why Butler was with Krystal Hutto on Wednesday.

Butler's family members say they've never heard of Hutto or her soon to be step-daughter Shamekia Sanders.

Butler's niece, however, went to school with Sanders.

"She was a really fun person to be around," Swanza Butler, a classmate of Sanders, said. "She loved telling jokes, and she was a cheerleader. So yeah, she was just fun and happy all around."

Sanders was going to be a Senior at Lake Marion High School this Fall.

The Superintendent for District 3 says the staff and student body are shocked this happened.

"Outside of school she was really cool to be around," Butler said. "Inside of school she was a different person to be around than outside of school. We had our ups and downs, but she was still my friend, and no matter what I still love her."

The Superintendent says Perry transferred to District 5 in March, where she completed her eight grade year at Robert E. Howard Middle School.

She was scheduled to attend the High School for Health Professions this Fall.

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