In an unthinkably tragic event early new year, a man and his young daughter were gunned down in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a statement that hunters were attempting to move deer (also known as driving deer), near Barracada Road in Walterboro when two hunters were shot after being mistaken for a deer.
The incident took place at approximately 2:30 in afternoon of January 1. Kim Drawdy, 30, and his nine-year-old daughter, Lauren were identified as the victims by Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey.
“When I got the message, I just couldn’t believe it, my heart stopped when they told me it was my brother and his daughter! You know, it was terrible.” Benny Drawdy, Kim's brother told WCBD.
The accident happened in the woods, right behind their home, where they had hunted many times before.
“He was a real outdoorsman, he loved the outdoors like we all do, he loved to hunt and stuff,” said Benny.
Other members of the family say that Lauren was an avid hunter as well and following in her father's footsteps, having just shot her first deer a few weeks ago.
“That little girl’s in heaven,” said Shandon Catterton, a friend of the victim.
Lauren, or "Lolo" as she was also lovingly known as, was born in Walterboro July 24, 2010 a daughter of Mary Katina Bowers, and the late Kim Daniel Drawdy. She was a fourth grade student at Cottageville Elementary School, where she had just made the honor roll. She was a cheerleader with "Champions in Motion" for over two years…a pastime she totally enjoyed. Lauren truly loved spending time outdoors with her father hunting and fishing, and riding four wheelers and her dirt bike. She was so proud of harvesting her first deer in late October. She was a beautiful child with a kind and loving heart who was adored by her family and friends. She will truly be missed, and she is in the arms of Jesus now.
A spokesperson with the Colleton County School District on Friday announced plans to place support staff at Lauren’s school, Cottageville Elementary School, to help classmates as they grieve.
“All of us in the Colleton County School District send our condolences to everyone affected by Lauren’s passing. It is always difficult to experience the loss of someone so young. Please keep the Drawdy family in your thoughts,” they said in a press release.
The family are trying to raise money to help with funeral costs for both of these precious souls.