Family heartbroken over 'senseless' carjacking, murder

Published: Apr. 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM EDT|Updated: May. 1, 2012 at 12:32 AM EDT
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Tyler Brown-Kelly appears at bond court.
Tyler Brown-Kelly appears at bond court.
Endang Susiani (Source: Facebook)
Endang Susiani (Source: Facebook)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied Monday for the man accused of carjacking, kidnapping, and murdering an Indonesian woman who made her home North Charleston. Tears flowed freely from those who loved 31-year-old Endang Susiani.

"Why? I don't know why he had to kill her?" asked one of Susiani's closest friends Ade Barnes. "That makes me sad. Very, very sad."

Barnes says she no longer has her best friend by her side. The two first met at Grand Buffet, where they worked as waitresses together.

"Everybody in the restaurant say she looks like me," said Barnes. "That's why I feel like I love her so much like a sister. I miss her so much."

Barnes says Susiani came to America to make money to help support her family back home in Bali, Indonesia.

"She never think about herself, she always think about her family," said Barnes. "Her brother, her sister, everything. She never think about herself."

Susiani was sending home part of her paycheck each month to send her brother and sister to college and help her parents.

Now her families tears tell a much deeper story about how much Susiani meant to them.

The North Charleston Police Department has charged Tyler Brown-Kelly, 27, with kidnapping, carjacking, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, and attempted armed robbery.  He is facing a murder charge from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Berkeley Coroner's Office identified the woman found dead near Interstate 26 on Jedburg Road Saturday morning as Susiani.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said Susiani died from a gunshot wound to the head.

North Charleston Police Department officials say a man approached officers in the area of Dorchester Road and Covington Drive yelling someone took his girlfriend and his car Friday night.

The man said that as he was leaving the Maytag laundromat at 5633 G Dorchester Road, Brown-Kelly, who was armed with a gun, approached him and his girlfriend who were both in a black 2000 Toyota Camry.

A police report states that Brown-Kelly then ordered the man out of the car, walked to the passenger side and told the woman to drive. According to police, the suspect then got into the driver's seat after the woman said she could not drive.

Brown-Kelly then fled in the vehicle with Susiani, who was found dead on the entrance ramp of I-26 near Jedburg Road a short time later.

Dorchester County deputies located the car at a club on Mckeen Street in St. George less than an hour later, where Brown-Kelly was seen running from the vehicle.

"Personally speaking, this was just totally needless and senseless," said Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Dan Moon. "It's a despicable and terrible, terrible tragedy."

Moon spent most of Monday morning with Susiani's family who were flown in from Bali, Indonesia for the bond hearing.

"They were in shock," said Moon. "They were very upset. Nobody wants to lose one of their children especially knowing she came over here to better herself and this ends up being the outcome."

The North Charleston Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office are still investigating the circumstances around the incident Friday night. Moon says his office will try and answer Barnes' question as to why this happened to her close friend.

Brown-Kelly was taken into custody in St. George.

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