BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The family of a North Charleston man who was gunned down in Berkeley County on Dec. 31 is asking anyone who knows about his death to come forward.
Darius Mckelvey, 20, died on New Year’s Eve in a shooting in the area of Howe Hall Road and Rutt Lane. Responding officers arrived shortly after 2:30 p.m. and found Mckelvey’s body in a ditch.
Mckelvey’s mother, Latoscha Younginer, told reporters Monday her son was shot from behind twice in the back and then put in a ditch like an animal.
“He was only 20 years old. He had his whole life in front of him," she said. “I am asking for anyone that saw anything to please come forward. My son is gone. He is not coming back. I wish this was a dream but it’s not. It’s a nightmare for me.”
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Crumley said investigators have narrowed the time of the shooting to about 2 p.m.
“We’ve received numerous tips from Crime Stoppers, people providing information and so far that information has been valuable, and we’re currently following up on that,” Crumley said. “If you were driving down Howe Hall Road on New Year’s Eve between 1:50 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., you may have seen something. You may have heard something. If you have, call Crime Stoppers, call the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. You don’t have to give your name, but we would like to get any information you can provide to assist us in bringing this case, some closure to this case, and bringing the cowards that shot, Darius Mckelvey in the back as he was fleeing. We need to bring them to justice and hold them to account.”
He said deputies have a few people of interest but would not release further details on them.
A motive in the shooting is still under investigation.
“There’s days I want to just get up and call," Younginer said. "I might call his phone just expecting him to answer to pickup.”
Younginer said her son loved to laugh and had an amazing smile. She said she has two daughters, 25 and 11, who will miss their brother just as she will miss her son.
“Every day is a struggle. Every day is hard,” she said. “All I can do is just take it day by day. I pray, I go to church. It’s just a hard situation. It’s a pain I wouldn’t wish on no one. It’s a pain that is just unbearable.”
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 843-723-3800 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.