Father mourns shooting death of teen son

by: Mark Becker Updated:


CHESTER, S.C. - It wasn't supposed to end this way for Shyhein Kennedy.

His father had moved his 16-year-old son out of his hometown of Chester, South Carolina, to get him away from trouble.

But Shyhein Kennedy had come home for the summer to live with his mother and he had walked to a neighborhood store late Wednesday night when it happened.

"His grandmother gave him some money to go buy something to eat at the store and on his way back somebody walked up to him and shot him -- two times," his father, Christopher Kennedy, said Thursday.

A passerby found Shyhein dead on the pavement of Pinckney Street just a few blocks from home.

"Yeah, he died. My son is dead. My son is dead. I can't believe it," his father said.

As Christopher Kennedy spoke, other family members sat on the porch of their home -- quietly trying to absorb what had happened.
"We hope that the community comes together and somebody gives us a call,” said police spokeswoman Keisha Tobias. “This is very important. We have a 16-year-old male who has been shot."

Officers spent most of the night searching for answers and said they had gotten many tips that they were following up as possible leads in the case, but as of late Thursday afternoon they had no arrests.

Christopher Kennedy will never forget his long drive from his home near Fayetteville overnight knowing his son was already gone.

"I cried all the way down the road.  I cried.  It was hard.  I cried all night long.  It seems like I'm out of tears right now," he said. "A senseless murder. A homicide.  Senseless."

This killing is the first homicide in Chester in 2014.

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