Police investigate Spivey Ave. homicide as family and friends grieve

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Family and friends of Michael Brown, the victim who died after being shot along Spivey Avenue, are asking for the public's help to find out who's at fault.

Michael Brown's girlfriend, Lisa Robertson said this Christmas the only thing she wants is answers about what happened on the day that changed her life forever.

Right now, police are trying to put together the pieces, but they are asking for any clues from the public to help guide them. Robertson said when her boyfriend left to do some errands Sunday afternoon, she never thought it would be the last time she would see him.

"He was an outstanding person. He would give the shirt off his back to someone. He was loving. He loved his family and he loved me," Robertson explains.

When detectives showed up at Robertson's front door Sunday night around 8 p.m., she knew something was wrong.

Robertson explained, "[The officer] said there had been a shooting. I asked 'Is he dead?' She said he was wounded, and went to a hospital and died at the hospital."

Questions still plague Robertson, and she is hoping to get answers from police. "I don't know why he was in that vicinity. I've never been in that area and didn't even know what type of area it was."

Now she is counting on someone coming forward who knows something about the shooting. Robertson added, "I just want anybody to help with who did this because if they can do it to a person like Mike who never hurts anybody...Nobody's safe."

While the family and friends wait for answers, they are left with the memories of a man who they say impacted everyone he met.

Julie McGorty recalls, "He was a very energetic, fun loving, just an all around great guy. He was a wonderful man. This is a real tragedy. I've known him for six to seven years. They were my neighbors."

Brown's employer and co-workers said they are devastated by his death.

Ashley Sillsbury said, "Doing everything we can to help. Make a headstone for him and donate that to them. I will contact builders to see if anyone willing to help with the funeral expenses just to make sure everything is taken care of."

The funeral will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Brown's hometown of Kingstree.

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