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Coroner identifies woman shot multiple times off Nexton Parkway

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 12:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 4:09 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the woman whose body was discovered early Tuesday morning near Nexton Parkway.

Marie De La Cruz Chavarria, 29, of Ladson, was found dead at the scene Tuesday, according to Coroner George Oliver. Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said that a preliminary investigation revealed that the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

“Chavarria was pronounced deceased on scene,” the sheriff’s office said. “An autopsy has been scheduled for the victim.”

Deputies received word about the discovery at 5:12 a.m., Sheriff Duane Lewis said. Lewis told reporters at the scene that the woman appeared to have been alone, but said authorities were still working to confirm the vehicle was registered to her.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in the case. Deputies said if you believe you may have seen something suspicious on Tuesday, July 20 around 5 a.m. you are asked to contact detectives.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (843) 719-4505 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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