Family holds vigil, seeks answers in July slaying

VIDEO: Family holds vigil for man beaten to death in home

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The family of a Charleston man fatally beaten in his home held a vigil Saturday night, just more than a month after his death.

Police responded at approximately 1 a.m. to an apartment on Rosemont Street where the father of Gerald Lee Dilligard, 27, found his son beaten to death in their home, according to a release from Crime Stoppers. Dilligard had wounds on his head, neck and left arm, the release states.

Dilligard had wounds to his head and body and died of blunt force trauma, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Sara Senn.

But authorities have had a difficult time finding his killer.

His family held the vigil Saturday night on Rosemont Street and wore pink and white since pink was Dilligard's favorite color.

After the vigil, they gathered in the room in which his body was found.

Darlene Holmes, Dilligard's aunt, spoke of her nephew in a message to his killer.

"He was a fine young man," she said. "And what you did, you have hurt a lot of people. You really have. Be a man and come forward and admit what you did."

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Consolidated Dispatch at (843) 743-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the homicide.

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