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Family pleads for answers in Johns Island double shooting

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 9:53 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 7:52 PM EDT
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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says they found two victims when they responded to a Johns Island homicide.

A Charleston Police incident report states that officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Bethlehem Court at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police found two men dead on the property. The report does not state and police have not provided details on how the victims died.

The family of the man who lives in the home says one of the victims was a family member, adding it was his mother who discovered the victims and called police. The family is pleading with the community to come forward with any information.

Anyone with information can call the Charleston Police Department’s on-duty central detective at 843-743-7200 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

Lesley Kelley said one of the victims was her son who she identified as Ravin Louis Smalls Jr. She recalled the conversation she had with him Tuesday afternoon.

“I texted him about Cash App and asked if he could send me $100 so I could pay my phone bill,” Kelley said. “He said ‘Yeah momma, I got you.’”

Then the conversation stopped. Her son stopped returning her text messages and the phone calls went straight to voicemail. Hours later Kelley says she found the bodies of her son and his friend in the shed of her back yard.

“My baby didn’t harm anyone. He was a nice guy. Anytime you see him he would smile,” Kelley said. “I didn’t deserve to find my child. Not like that.”

Charleston Police were called to Bethlehem Court on Johns Island to investigate around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The police report confirms officers found the bodies of two, 24-year-old men with apparent gunshot wounds.

Kelley says her son was an aspiring rapper and was well known. She is pleading with the community to help in the investigation.

“Please lord if anybody knows something please say something. Please help find the person who killed my son,” Kelley said. “This was disrespectful. You came into my yard. I don’t know what’s going on or what happened but, oh god, I beg of you god, please, somebody, please come through. Please help us.”

Another member of the family, Ernestine Bowens, says they family is offering a reward for information about the homicide.

“If anyone out there who knows something or heard something. . . anything you think that is not important is probably important to us,” Bowens said. “If you know something say something. All this gun violence is enough.”

The victims’ names have not yet been released by the Charleston County Coroner.

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