Death – Family of 5-year-old killed in drive-by shooting begs for help finding his killer

Death – Obituary

JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — The parents of a 5-year-old boy shot and killed inside their home are reaching out for help to find a killer, and lay their son to rest.

“I’m numb. I wake up in the morning and I’m shaking and I’m nauseous. And I am like this is a bad dream. And then I see all these things on Facebook and I’m like it is not.”

That’s how Deanna Frazier feels two days after her son Deandre was shot and killed.

Deandre’s father Andraye Robinson says he still can barely believe his son is gone.

“Always happy. Laughing. he was a great kid. there’s not one particular thing I want to remember about him. I just wish he was here with me.”

5-year-old Deandre was playing inside the family home in the Wagon Branch community of Jasper County Monday night when shots rang out.

“I heard a couple of shots and me reacting as a father I grabbed my son,” said Robinson. “At the moment, I didn’t know he was hit. I crawled out of the room, he was in my arms, bleeding out in my arms.”

The couple rushed Deandre to a local fire station and then to the hospital. But Andraye says it was too late.

“When we got to the paramedic place they said he had a strong pulse and everything. By the time we got to the hospital. My son wasn’t here with me anymore.”

Now this couple deep in mourning is working to remember the positive amidst this tragedy.

“We just celebrated Christmas and I can still remember him excited and opening all his gifts,” smiles Deanna. “And he was so excited to go back to school after Christmas break because all he talked about was school school school.”

“Every morning he would wake up and go into the living room and ask for his tablet, and he watched cartoons and he would jump up and down with his tablet and that isn’t going to happen anymore.”

“He loved life. He loved school. He loved his parents,” said Deanna. “He loved just everything about breathing and I am not going to let one negative situation take away from his happy 5 years.”

Now they are asking for anyone who knows what happened to give Sheriff’s investigators any information they may have. And for the suspect, the drive-by shooter who pulled the trigger in this case, to come forward and turn themselves in.

“Turn yourself in, do the right thing, please, please,” begs Andraye.

“If you have any ounce of heart please come forward and bring my son the justice he deserves so that his father and I and his family can have peace,” said a teary-eyed Deanna.

Friends of the family have started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. Deanna says its important to treat this little boy like the prince he was, even in death. The family does not have much money, so any amount to help them bury him would be a blessing.

JCSO continues to investigate the shooting and urges anyone with information to call 843-726-7519, 843-726-7779, or Crime Stopper at 843-554-1111.

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A 5-year-old boy was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Jasper County Tuesday, officials say.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) says the shooting happened in the Wagon Branch area. DeAndre Robinson was taken to the Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville where he later died.

No further details were released.

According to the Jasper County School District, DeAndre was a student at Ridgeland Elementary School. The district released the following statement on the tragedy:

The Jasper County School District extends our deepest condolences regarding the loss of one of our scholars, DeAndre’ Robinson, 5 years of age, whose life was shortened by a fatal shooting Tuesday night in the Wagon Branch area. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends. May the grace of God keep you during this tragic loss.

A GoFundMe was created to raise money for the boy’s funeral costs.

JCSO continues to investigate the shooting and urges anyone with information to call 843-726-7519, 843-726-7779, or Crime Stopper at 843-554-1111.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.