Two family members shot in Laurens County

COLUMBIA (WACH) - Laurens County authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of an uncle and niece whose bodies were found in her Cross Hill home.

Coroner Nick Nichols identified the victims as 47-year-old Sammie Dyron Leake and 24-year-old Nikesha Travarea Jones. Sheriff Ricky Chastain says authorities believe Leake moved in with his niece in the past week.

Friends who were visiting the home found the bodies Friday afternoon. Chastain says he thinks the victims knew the person or people who shot them.

Tony Leake says his daughter was trying to raise her children and be a good mother. He says his brother liked to entertain and keep people laughing.