North Charleston murder suspect apologizes to victim's family

Terrance Lance (Source: CCDC)
Terrance Lance (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston murder suspect apologized to the family of 19-year-old Rodriguez Henderson in bond court Friday. Terrance Lance said he was friends with the man police say he shot to death on Saratoga Road Thursday afternoon.

"I apologize for your loss too," said Lance in front of at least 15 of Henderson's family members. "That's my friend too and just like his grandmother said I used to be at her house too."

Henderson's grandmother, Helen Green, said even though she accepted Lance's apology she won't ever forget what happened.

"I think he was sincere... I really think he was sincere," she said. "But my understanding, it didn't have to go this far."

Green says she heard the two had been in an argument earlier that day.

"They could have squashed this stuff," said Green. "It shouldn't have gone that far."

Police said 23-year-old Terrance Lance turned himself in just before midnight Thursday. Investigators also believe the fatal shooting stemmed from an earlier incident with Henderson.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division, Lance has prior convictions on several drug charges and has served prison time for parole violation.

At the bond hearing, Henderson's step father Corey Hamilton talked about Lance's prior run-ins with the law along with the heart ache his family is going though.

"It's been devastating... I haven't slept since this happened," said Hamilton. "This is a lesson that needs to be learned and I'm quite sure he's been violating the law more than once so I need to have justice and that's why I'm here tonight."

North Charleston officers showed up on Saratoga Road to find Henderson on the ground in a front yard suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to a police report, a black handgun was found underneath the victim, but authorities have not yet said if it belongs to Henderson or Lance.

"I've lived here for 30 years and it's just gotten worse. I don't know what's going on, it's crazy," said a man named Mark, who lives next to the crime scene.

Because of the police activity in the area, Charleston County officials had placed Burns Elementary School, Garrett Academy, Memminger Elementary School and James Simons Elementary school on lockdown.

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