Bond denied for both suspects in deadly block party shooting

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Two arrests have been made in connection with a deadly block party shooting last weekend, according to the Rock Hill Police Department. Both suspects were denied bond in court on Monday.

The shooting occurred on June 1, shortly after 10 p.m., on Southland Drive.

On Friday night, police announced that 19-year-old D’markieoun Ji’shae Clyburn had been arrested in the shooting death of 44-year-old Montest Mincey. The mother of three was acting as a peacemaker when she was killed, neighbors said.

A 21-year-old man was also killed, and two were injured, too.

Clyburn was charged with murder. He was arrested without incident and was taken to the Rock Hill jail, police said.

On Saturday morning, police announced a second suspect, 18-year-old Quantrel Jaheim Barrino, had also been arrested. He was charged with accessory before the fact of murder and is also being held at the Rock Hill jail.

Both suspects were denied bond in court on Monday, Channel 9′s Tina Terry confirmed.

‘You could not be around Montest and not smile’

“I am extremely elated,” said Inez DeWitt, Mincey’s aunt, about Clyburn’s arrest. “I am extremely elated.”

It has been a difficult week, but the arrest lifted loved ones’ spirits.

“Montest was a wonderful person. A wonderful young lady,” DeWitt said. “I mean, that smile was just contagious. You could not be around Montest and not smile.”

The family does not believe Mincey and Clyburn knew each other.

“If she was killed by a stray bullet, the family is not looking for an apology,” the aunt said. “Sorry doesn’t bring her back. Being sorry doesn’t bring her back because not only was she hit, another young man was killed as well, and other people was hit and you may have shut down an entire community event.”

Dewitt said she is very angry.

“I am very saddened my niece, they took her away and she has three children that she left behind without a mother, a caring mother, a loving mother,” she said.

The Rock Hill Police Department set up a dedicated tip line: 803-325-2678, and a community portal online.

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