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Nephew charged, family in pieces over Lake City murder

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Lontorrio McKenzie (Source: FCSO) Lontorrio McKenzie (Source: FCSO)
Timothy Singleton (Source: FCSO) Timothy Singleton (Source: FCSO)

LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) – A Lake City woman is trying to make sense of a murder that happened early Thursday morning, leaving her brother dead and her son named as a suspect.

Lywander Simmons received a phone call that her brother, 39 year-old Frederick McMillian, was dead. Her son, 19 year-old Lontorrio McKenzie, was taken into custody, leaving her with questions that have no answers right now.

"Right now I just don't know. It's hard. It's really hard," Simmons said.

McMillan's body was found in front of an Augustine Street apartment in Lake City around 12:45 a.m. Thursday, according to Lake City Police Chief Billy Brown.

Florence County Deputy Coroner Don Reynolds says preliminary results show he died as a result of a gunshot wound, and an autopsy is being conducted at MUSC to confirm his cause of death.

Chief Brown says the McMillan was arguing with his nephew, 19-year-old Lontorrio McKenzie of Lake City, prior to the shooting, but its unclear what they disagreed about.

"It wasn't supposed to turn out the way that it did," Simmons explained.

Cindy Mills lives on Sherwood Drive in Lake City where shooting happened.

"And next thing I know, I heard some shots," Mills said. "Something told me to go to my window. And I saw him just laying there. He wasn't moving."

Mills lost her brother to a shooting years ago.

"When I saw that last night, it brought back a lot of memories. My sympathy is going out to the family."

Chief Brown confirms Lontorrio McKenzie has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

A second suspect, 19-year-old Timothy Singleton, was also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of murder and possession of a weapon by persons unlawful.

Both McKenzie and Singleton were transported to the Florence County Detention Center in Effingham.

Stick with WMBF News to keep you updated on the latest in this investigation.

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