Friday, April 18, 2014
Deputies: Couple Found Dead Were Separated.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "It is one of those things again that we talk about with domestic violence, if there are any issues, any signs, any thing like that we ask that you reach out. We ask that you reach out for help," says Deputy Curtis Wilson, Spokesperson for the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Just after 9:00 o'clock Friday morning, Richland County Deputies were called out to a home on the 1200 block of Coralbean Way after someone reported gunshots.
When deputies arrived they found two bodies, a man and a woman, with gun shot wounds to the upperbody.
"It was just outside the home, actually at the front door, we are looking into it preliminary reports tells us that it's a murder-suicide.
Details on what led to the shooting are still under investigation tonight, but the shooting once again shines a light on domestic violence.
This year alone already authorities have reported multiple deaths in the Midlands stemming from domestic disputes. For instance, last month authorities say a pregnant woman was killed and her body set on fire, by her own boyfriend.
According to Sistercare, South Carolina as a whole ranks second in the nation for women killed by men.
North Charleston was recently one of just 12 counties and cities across the nation to receive a grant from the Justice Department to help stop domestic violence.
Experts here in the Midlands say education is key to prevention.
"It's interesting to hear our children's counselors say that it makes a clear difference in a fair number of cases when you provide early intervention and counseling for children who grow up in violent homes," says Nancy Barton, Executive Director of Sistercare.
As for Friday's shooting, deputies say two teenagers are now left without their parents.
According to the United States Department of Justice, three women are killed everyday by their boyfriend, husband or ex-husband.
There are organizations here in the Midlands that can help victims of domestic violence, two of those are Sistercare and SCCADVASA - South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
For more on warning signs and how to get help, visit www.sistercare.com or www.sccadvasa.org
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