Berkeley Co. community mourns death of native murdered in Virginia

VIDEO: Berkeley Co. community mourns death of native murdered in Virginia

HUGER, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County community is mourning the death of a native who was murdered in Virginia.

Crystal Hamilton was shot to death Saturday allegedly by her husband Ronald during a domestic dispute at their home.

Crystal Hamilton, known by family and friends as 'Crissy' is from Huger.

Her husband, an Army staff sergeant is a Charleston native.

Police in Prince William County say Ronald Hamilton also killed a rookie police officer who responded to the home.

In Huger, Crystal Hamilton's grandfather couldn't hold back his emotions when talking about her.

"Oh, that's my baby, that's my baby grand," Lee Howard said.

After the shooting Crystal's uncle and other family members went to Virginia.

"My brothers and cousin and her father, we got together, got in the car and we went up there, and it was a mess and still is," Lee Jamison said.

Jamison says the family is still trying to figure out how a tale of two high school sweethearts turned tragic.

"I'm still trying, I'm trying to make sense of it, but all I can say is God is in charge. He knows exactly what went on."

"I do know for one thing, killing was not the answer."

Carolyn Singleton is a long time friend of Crystal's family.

"Really It's horrible because I don't see no reason why nobody should want to take another person's life. It really is terrible, it really is," Singleton said.

"This is a small community, but everybody in this community, when one hurts, they all hurt. We all feel it because we know the family."

Now Crystal Hamilton's family must plan her funeral and try to stay strong.

"I came out on the porch and just prayed and asked God to just release me a little bit because it's rough right now, it's rough," Jamison said.

Crystal Hamilton's funeral will be held at Stewart Chapel United Methodist Church in Huger.

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