Family holds vigil, seeking answers in 16-year-old’s suspicious death

VIDEO: Family holds vigil, seeking answers in 16-year-old’s suspicious death

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCSC) - A family in Beaufort County is still pleading for answers more than a month-and-a-half after their loved one’s suspicious death.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says they found the body of a teen, later identified as 16-year-old Marcus Graves, at Grays Hill Boat Landing on Nov. 1. Investigators say his age is one reason they consider his death suspicious.

The coroner's office ordered a forensic autopsy to be performed at MUSC to help determine the cause and manner of Graves' death, but that examination did not provide either a clear cause or a clear manner of death.

On Friday, family and friends held a candlelight vigil as a way to say that they're still remembering Graves. Community members wrote messages on a makeshift memorial for him.

His mother, Shantay Odom, stated that he was cutting grass to raise money for those in need, and she has since decided to collect donations as a way to continue his work.

"Once he passed I decided to just pick up where he left off. We will forever keep his name alive," Odom said.

The Christmas donations were given to Hopeful Horizons, a children’s advocacy, domestic violence, and rape crisis center.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Ryan Garst at 843-255-3426 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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