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Families still looking for answers from 2014 Memorial Day weekend shooting

Dantzler and McFadden believe there is someone who knows exactly what happened and said that key witness may live in the Summerville area. Dantzler and McFadden believe there is someone who knows exactly what happened and said that key witness may live in the Summerville area.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It was a moment that shattered the lives of three families. Nearly exactly one year ago, someone opened fire at the Bermuda Sands Motel during Memorial Day Weekend killing Jamie Williams, Devonte Dantzler, and Sandy Barnwell.

The three victims were all from the Lowcountry and their families say their loved ones would still be alive today if not for a few last minute decisions in the hours leading up to the shooting.

“A series of tragic events that all lined up and people that were not planning to be there were there and they all lost their lives,” said Melody Geddis McFadden, an aunt of one of the victims.

Mcfadden said her niece, Sandy, had plans to go with her family to a school reunion but decided to go to Bikefest instead.

Patrina Dantzler said her son Devonte actually tried to stay in Summerville and work that weekend but he also left for Myrtle Beach. For the past year, Dantzler and Mcfadden have pleaded for help in finding the person responsible.

Police released enhanced video identifying the shooter, but the gunman has not been found.

“I pray every day that someone does say something,” added Dantzler. “I even ask them to leave a note on the door, put it in the mailbox, or anything because one little piece of evidence could be the turn in the case we need."

Dantzler and McFadden believe there is someone who knows exactly what happened and said that key witness may live in the Summerville area. Dantzler said one reason she believes that is the case is the fact her son's bag that he took with him to Bikefest was suddenly dropped off in a neighborhood across town without warning.

These families said some of the most frustrating things to deal with in the wake of the triple murder are the posts they have seen on social media from people who were there that night.

“They took pictures of the bodies that were laying on the ground, they took pictures of the crowd, they took pictures of their friends, they took pictures of themselves, they took selfies of this incident,” added McFadden. “Yet all of those pictures have not been turned over to law enforcement and the killer may be in the pictures."

Police consider this an active and open investigation and not a cold case. However, the families of the victims say their wait for justice has gone on far too long and now it is time for someone to come forward.

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