Family, friends and the Sumter Police Dept. searching for who killed Chester 'Rock' Stavis

Family, friends and the Sumter Police Dept. searching for who killed Chester 'Rock' Stavis

The dreams of finding her brother, Chester ‘Rock’ Stavis, dead in a shallow waterway in Sumter still haunts Katana Thomas.

“We can’t sleep at night, missing meals, it really hurts," Thomas said. "It seems so unreal. I have flashbacks, just to see to really see him face down in the water. just there like he’s nothing."

Thomas says things have been hard for the family since the death of her brother Chester ‘Rock’ Stavis. She and her family found him floating face down in a waterway November. 21, near Rast and Dicks streets in Sumter, just days after he had been reported missing.

An autopsy determined he had been shot to death, but where, when and why are still not known.

"(We're) just wondering, like, who? There’s actually someone out there that killed him and then just threw his body like he was just nothing," Thomas said. "(It's) like he didn’t have anybody out there that loved him. You have a lot of us out here that love him."

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that can help police make an arrest and bring some solace and comfort to the family and friends of Chester “Rock” Stavis.

The family says they want the help of the community to find the person(s) who killed Stavis.

“Please help us. He didn’t deserve it and we didn’t deserve this broken heart," Thomas said.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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