Prayer vigil scheduled for teen fatally shot at James Island playground

Prayer vigil scheduled for teen fatally shot at James Island playground
Source: Raycom

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The First Baptist Church of James Island and their pastor, Reverend Charlie Murray, will gather with the community for a prayer vigil in memory of a teen fatally shot at a James Island playground last week, according to a Facebook post.

The event is scheduled to take place Wednesday at the Thomas Johnson Park from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

"We the church must take our rightful place. Let's go back to the old landmark, prayer." an event flyer said.

Organizers are asking people to bring flashlights to the vigil.

Jaquan Moore, 19, was fatally shot last week at the Thomas Johnson Park on Secessionville Road, officials say. One other person was injured.

Harold Alvin Champaigne, 16, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Charleston police officials say Champaigne shot Moore because of an ongoing dispute.

According to court documents, Champaigne stole about $300 from Moore days earlier which fueled the altercation.

Police state that during the altercation, Moore was separated by other witnesses and the second victim, who placed Moore in a head lock.

Authorities say Champaigne then took out a revolver and fired multiple shots, striking Moore and the second victim in the arm.

Court records state Moore attempted to flee from the park but collapsed near the parking lot due to his gunshot wounds.

Police say Champaigne left the area before officers arrived.

A witness identified Champaigne as the suspect.

Champaigne has been denied bond and is being held at a juvenile detention center.

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