Colleton County community speaking out following death of 10-year-old girl

Colleton County community speaking out following death of 10-year-old girl

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Folks in Colleton County are speaking out about what they’re calling injustices in their community.

Community members came together on Thursday in the same place where they held a prayer vigil for RaNiya Wright last month.

They’re calling not only on the community to do better, but they’re also asking for accountability.

The death of Wright is something on everyone’s minds.

People are saying justice was delayed in her case after authorities said the fifth-grade student died of natural causes.

They’re calling for justice, both for Wright and 22-year-old Derek Smith who was shot and killed by a Colleton County deputy on March 22.

The Colleton County sheriff said his deputy shot Smith in self defense while responding to a burglary, but people at the meeting say there’s more to both stories.

They also took the time to address problems within their schools and criminal justice system.

Many felt like their cries aren’t being heard, mainly because they are a poorer community.

“A lot of the underlining issues are stemming from poverty. The poverty that we have here, and what are we doing to fix the poverty rate," said community member Tyeesha Aiken.

But they say the first step is for people to educate themselves on the issues within Colleton County and to vote.

Then nothing will stop them from advocating for change.

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