Family asking for community’s help in solving Georgetown murder

Family asking for community’s help in solving Georgetown murder
George Lee Norman III at work installing a window before his death on Jan. 8. (Source: Martrisha Bradshaw)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The family of a man killed in an attack is asking the community for help in locating the killer. George Lee Norman III, 38, was stabbed to death at an apartment on Cribb Court in Georgetown.

His sister, Martrisha Bradshaw, says he was visiting a friend when a man entered the building and attacked Norman.

“My brother deserves justice. He didn’t deserve what happened to him,” Bradshaw said. “There was no altercation. There was no fight. He never knew this man. He was caught off guard and brutally attacked for no other reason than for just being in a location where he was allowed to be. He was visiting a friend.”

The Georgetown Police Department has been searching for Montrez Cyrus Simmons in connection with the murder since Friday. Bradshaw believes someone out there knows something.

“Especially people in black communities, we need to help each other survive,” Bradshaw said. “I beg you. Please, if you know anything about this man, anything, please contact your police department.”

Bradshaw and her brother started a business together last year and describes Norman as being a family man, hard worker and a genuinely kind soul.

“My brother was not a problem person. He was a hardworking man trying to support a business alongside me that can support our community and provide jobs and opportunities to the people who need them – the very people we know and love,” Bradshaw said.

The news of Norman’s death has sent ripples through the community. Tracy Walker has lived a block away from the murder scene for more than 10 years.

She says she has never felt unsafe before.

“It really bothers me,” Walker said. “The first thing I did was cry because that could have been my son or somebody else’s child. I’m just going to pray for the family.”

Bradshaw echoes that concern.

“I do not feel safe anymore,” Bradshaw said. “The community has questions and wants answers. They’re angry. They’re very upset because my brother didn’t bother anyone. . . they want this man caught.”

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are asked to contact the Georgetown Police Department at (843) 545-4300, their tip line at (843) 545-4400, or Central Dispatch at (843) 527-6763.

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