HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Police are investigating after a teen was found dead near Loris on Monday, Horry County police spokesperson Mikayla Moskov said Tuesday morning.
Police said they were called to the Flag Patch Cemetery off of Wayside Road in the Loris area around 6:30 p.m. Monday, after getting reports of a person face-down beside a vehicle.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said the victim is 18-year-old Martrellyiz Vereen. He was shot shortly before being found, according to the deputy coroner.
Vereen was a senior at Loris High School, Horry County Schools spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said. She added that extra counselors were at the school Tuesday to assist students and staff as needed.
According to a release from the Horry County Police Department, anyone with information related to Vereen’s death is asked to come forward.
“It is our sincere hope to bring some form of closure to the family and friends impacted by this terrible loss, and we would appreciate any support the community can offer,” the HCPD release stated.
While the investigation continues, a community is mourning Vereen’s death.
“We are grieving for the loss of a young life and its infinite possibilities; and, we pray for the family, friends, and students most affected by this event,” Loris High Principal Richard Crumley posted on the school’s Facebook page.
Family, friends and communtiy members said they’re shocked and heartbroken at the news of his death.
Many people WMBF News spoke to said he was a good student, never got into any trouble and spent much of his time ushering at Freemont Baptist Church.
“The hurt is always going to be there. But we can always think back on, you know, the memories of him and bring a smile back to our face. Because that’s how big and loveable he was,” said cousin Arvel German.
Anyone with information is asked to call the HCPD at (843) 915-TIPS or email email@example.com