Family struggles in wake of murder-suicide

Published: Jan. 9, 2012 at 4:37 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM EST
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Leoma Bennett and her cousins
Leoma Bennett and her cousins
21-year-old Desma Doctor
21-year-old Desma Doctor
Victory Lane home where shooting occurred
Victory Lane home where shooting occurred

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The family of a 21-year-old woman shot and killed by her boyfriend, who also shot her mother before taking his own life, is still healing Sunday. In preparation for the funeral, the injured mother has returned home from the hospital but the family says the depth of their pain is just being realized.

"I wouldn't have dreamed something like this would have ever happened," says Leoma Bennett, the Aunt of 21-year-old Desma Doctor who was shot by her boyfriend last week.

Bennett says even though time has passed, the shooting feels like it happened yesterday.

"When I got the phone call telling me I have to come up there because my families house was shot up, I was devastated," she says.

Two days before the New Year, Bennett says her sister Delaine Doctor was cooking dinner for her daughter Desma and her two children at her home off Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

Then the unimaginable happened.

"He came over and was searching for the victim," said North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor at the scene of the shooting on December 30. "He found her here at this location and some type of argument happened and that's when shots were fired."

North Charleston Police say the children's father, 24-year-old Kevin Drayton, came to the home off Victory Lane and shot his girlfriend and her mother, who tried to get in between the two, before turning the gun on himself.

Bennett says the pain her family felt that night is just a fraction of what they're feeling now preparing for a funeral and welcoming home Delaine, who still needs constant attention for her wounds both physically and mentally.

"She's in a lot of pain and still coming along," says Bennett. "That's my only sister, my baby sister, and I'm going to help her out as much as I can."

But Bennett says it's not just Delaine that needs help, it's also her grandchildren, who witnessed the shooting.

"They see it, they have nightmares," says Bennett.

Both children are staying with their Great Aunt Leoma Bennett for now. The family says Desma Doctor's funeral will be held Wednesday at St. Paul's AME Church on Rivers Avenue.

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