Vigil planned for 17-year-old killed in shootout near Hopkins church


COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) --- Richland County deputies say the teens involved in last week's shooting planned on meeting at the Unity Missionary Baptist Church parking lot with the intent to fight.

Right now, investigators aren't sure what role Amon Rice played. Deputies have ruled out the possibility of this being gang-related but said the teens involved all knew one another.

Since the age of seven, Robert McCray, a coach and family friend said Amon had dreams of playing pro basketball or football after graduating high school. "I always checked on him and kept up with Amon, Amon was a great kid, things happen in life that's out of our control, and we wonder why but Amon didn’t deserve his fate,” McCray said. “I know he is looking down on us, smiling and saying coach Rob you got this and all his friends and things like that he's going to be taking care of them from above the best way he could."

The second victim shot has been released from the hospital. Right now, investigators are still interviewing several people who were there when the incident happened.

A vigil in honor of Amon is planned for Wednesday at 6:15 pm at St. Anna's Park on Liberty Hill Avenue.

Investigators are asking any with video or information about this case to contact CrimeStoppers.

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