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A community calls for change in the wake of two fatal shootings

“And It hurts,” said Akeem Williamson, who lives just feet from where his friend Terrell Smith was shot Saturday night. “And It hurts,” said Akeem Williamson, who lives just feet from where his friend Terrell Smith was shot Saturday night.

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two murders over the weekend have some people in  Florence County on edge.

“And It hurts,” said Akeem Williamson, who lives just feet from where his friend Terrell Smith was shot Saturday night.

“I was getting dressed for work. My aunt said she heard four gunshots, but she didn't think anything of it. And then all of a sudden one of my younger cousins opened the door and they saw all the police,” Williamson said.

Later that night, Williamson learned Smith died at a local hospital.

The Florence County Coroner said the Smith was shot on West Dixie Street at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Florence police still haven't found the shooter.

“The environment is not bad, it's just the people in it. It's a nice environment, it's just that when people get on alcohol and drugs they think they are harder than each other and want to prove a point,” Williamson said.

Williamson and his family have been working since 2011 to put an end to the violence in North Florence, a push that started after Williamson said his brother was murdered behind the family's home along the same stretch of road where of Smith was shot.

These signs are up in the family's front yard in memory of Raheem Williamson, he once was a local basketball start at West Florence High School and died at age 20.

His family said four years later, they are still searching for answers surrounding his death.

“He passed in 2011 behind our backyard and we still haven't found out any information about the killer or anything,” said Williamson.

The Florence County Coroner's Office said Williamson's death was ruled undetermined.

Meanwhile, the Williamson family is also connected to another shooting that happened this weekend in Lake City.

“That's my sister's Fiance's brother,” Williamson said. Luther Fludd was gunned down on Samuel Street in Lake City.

The Florence County Coroner said this shooting occurred Saturday morning, just outside of the Carolina Girl's Club, along Samuel Street around 2:30 a.m.

Lake City Police arrested 18-year-old Tarik Williams and charged him with murder, and 23-year-old Dwayne Williams was arrested for criminal conspiracy in connection with the shooting.

Back up in Florence, Williamson said the community would be safer if would be criminals would think a little differently.

“Stop trying to prove a point to others if you don't want to do something don't do it… just because you don't do something don't make you a punk,” Williamson said.

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