Police: 16-year-old shot and killed in Chester

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Shyheim DeAngelo Kennedy


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 4:48 PM

CHESTER, S.C. -- Chester police are working several leads and trying to find the gunman who killed a 16-year-old boy.

Authorities identified the victim as Shyheim DeAngelo Kennedy, who was about to start high school.

Relatives tell us Kennedy was walking down Pinckney Street with a cousin when people pulled up in a car. They got into an argument and shots started flying.

Thursday, relatives put a cross on Pinckney Street near the spot where Kennedy died. The family is in mourning just a few blocks away at Kennedy's mother's house. 

"To realize it was my young cousin, my 16-year-old cousin, I was in a state of shock. It's awful. I just don't like the situation,” said Kennedy’s aunt, Shanta Jackson.

Relatives say they don't know who shot Kennedy or what the argument was about. All they knew is he was headed to a corner grocery store Wednesday night when he died.

Store employee Johnna Hodge heard a gunshot.

"I was saying to myself dang, is anyone still shooting fireworks at this time?  I came on inside.  Not more than five minutes later police and ambulances, fire trucks were all over the place,” she said.

A different cousin who was also walking down the sidewalk says Kennedy was shot five times and whoever did it jumped in the car and drove way. 

The Chester County Coroner isn't saying how many times Kennedy was shot. The autopsy is just getting underway.  

Kennedy was about to start 10th grade at Chester High School and play on the school’s football team.

Police ask anyone with information to call 1-800 CRIMESTOPPERS.