Longs homicide suspect captured by U.S. Marshals

Units try to investigate as the sun goes down (Source: WMBF News Sports Reporter Joe Murano)
Units try to investigate as the sun goes down (Source: WMBF News Sports Reporter Joe Murano)
Jamar Hashawn Wilson (Source: HCPD)
Jamar Hashawn Wilson (Source: HCPD)
Kareem Labonte Vereen (Source: Horry County Police Department)
Kareem Labonte Vereen (Source: Horry County Police Department)

LONGS, SC (WMBF) After a second suspect was identified in the murder of an Horry County man last month, U.S. Marshals have captured the wanted culprit.

Horry County Police Department had issued a warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Kareem Labonte Vereen in connection with the murder of Gemmell Drakeford in Wampee Feb 9.

Vereen, considered armed and dangerous,was also wanted for armed robbery, an offense committed earlier this year. The suspect was captured by U.S. Marshals.

According to Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, Vereen was captured within the city limits of Myrtle Beach Tuesday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Marshals located the suspected killer at a residence on Collins St. Vereen was captured without incident and is now charged with murder and being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Sgt. Kegler said the charge stems from a shooting that occurred along J C Drive in the Longs area of Horry County around 3:50 p.m. Feb 9.

One victim was found shot in the leg and was transported to a local hospital by Horry County Fire Rescue. Just before 5 p.m. Feb 9, Kegler told WMBF News the victim had died.

Detectives with the Horry County Police Department's Violent Crimes Section were able to identify one suspect in connection to the shooting.

Kegler says 21-year-old Jamar Hashawn Wilson was traced to the scene of the shooting through a GPS bracelet he was wearing as part of a condition of bond stemming from a previous charge.

Detectives located Wilson at his home in Longs and took him into custody without incident.

Wilson is in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center charged with murder.

Another suspect in the fatal shooting was identified by police as Thurston Jay Hardiman, who was charged with accessory after the fact to murder on March 7.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler says the shooting victim is 33-year-old Gemell Drakeford of the Wampee area. Drakeford died of mass hemorrhaging.

Detectives say a motive for the shooting remains unknown.

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