HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The family of a man who was shot and killed more than a year ago has a message for the community.
Charles Edward Durant II from Green Sea was 20-years-old when he was shot and killed on April 24, 2018, according to police.
Authorities said Durant and his girlfriend, Winter Parker, were at a stop sign at the intersection of Church and Spring streets when a vehicle pulled up and fired shots into the car.
Parker was shot three times, once in the arm and twice in the back, but survived and continues to recover as a bullet remains lodged in her side. Doctors said they are unable to remove it due to how complicated and risky the surgery would be.
Wilmetria and Charles Durant said they have trouble going to sleep every night and walk around looking for a man who’s picture they have on their phone. The picture is of Tyshawn “Smoke” Brown.
Brown remains at large. Horry County police say he is considered armed and dangerous. The ATF and Horry County Police Department are actively searching for him.
“I watch the news every night just hoping one day to see his face up there, that they got him or that he committed another crime and they got him that way," Wilmetria said. "I don’t miss the 11 o’clock news at all. I have his picture on my phone and I look at his picture so I won’t forget his face in case I see him. It’s just horrible.”
One of the suspects, Heath Reaves, was arrested in connection to the case. He is at J. Reuben Long Detention Center charged with murder and attempted murder.
Durant’s family said it’s very difficult to go to bed every night knowing the person accused of shooting and killing their son remains on the streets.
“For you to take his life like that in cold blood and his girlfriend’s life, what could he have done to you?" Charles said. "That’s what we want to know.”
Now, even though their son is gone, they hope his memory will stay strong as they fight gun violence happening across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.
“I just miss my son and for him to lose his life over something stupid you know these young kids are running around here and want to do this gang stuff and really don’t know what it’s about," Charles said. "You know they need to realize when you pull a trigger, you can’t take that bullet back.”
“Sleepless nights, I’m always crying," Wilmetria said. "Yeah, it’s hard, very hard to lose a child. A mom doesn’t expect her child to go before her. Mother’s day Birthday’s, you know we are a close knit family and the type of person he was, he was like the life of the party.”
And they hope by talking about it, someone will someday come forward to help them find the justice they say they’re looking for.
“If anybody knows anything, I think they should come forward and call the county police and tell them where they saw him at," Charles said. "It’s not like he’s invisible, someone know’s where he is at. I mean they should put themselves in our shoes... if it was your child, wouldn’t you want help?”
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tyshawn “Smoke” Brown and this investigation, you’re urged to call the Horry County Police at 843-915-7982.