One local family is asking the community for help in solving a yearlong murder mystery. It happened September 29, 2012 at the Ridgeview Manor apartment complex. That's on Bradleyville Road in North Augusta.
28 year old, Travis Smith, was shot in the stomach while standing outside apartment. The two suspects ran from the scene, and since then, no one has been arrested in connection with the murder. There have been a few leads to this case, but nothing substantial. Travis's family continues to put out these flyers around the area, hoping someone will remember something.
TeamBoskie, Boskie being Travis's nickname, is the non-profit organization started by his family. They formed it as a grassroots effort to continue the search for his killer. Knowing someone out there knows the truth.
"If the person never is found, hopefully they will be found, but if they're never found, I just want him to know that in the end I never gave up," said Tyesha Simmons, Travis Smith's sister. "I never gave up fighting for him and I think he knows that. He always knows that whenever he was in trouble or he needed anything, I was always there for him, so I just want him to know in the end I never gave up."
"Let us decide if it's too small, if you have something that you think might be helpful, let us know," said Lt. Tim Thornton, North Augusta Department of Public Safety. "And we'll work with it, and you never know, it might be what we need to crack the case wide open. If your motivation is money, there usually is a reward for it. And if your motivation is just to do the right thing to get criminals off the street, we'll take either one. We're interested in solving the crime, closure for the family, and justice for the guilty."
Saturday at 3pm, the public is invited to join Smith's family and friends as they pass out flyers and go around the Ridgeview Manor complex, trying to spark some interest in the case and hopefully jog the memory of those who were there the night of the murder.
Both suspects are described as black males, over 6 feet tall and around 160 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The cash reward is $1,000. If you have any information on this case, you can remain anonymous.
Call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC
Text "TIPSC" plus your message to 274637
North Augusta Department of Public Safety (803) 279-2121
Lead Investigator: Det. Jon Nelson (803) 441-4276
To join TEAMBOSKIE:
Tyesha Simmons, President
***Original Post Date: October 8, 2012***
A North Augusta man was found dead Monday morning of an apparent gunshot wound early Monday morning.
Investigators tell us, early Monday morning at approximately 2:47 a.m, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety (NADPS) received an emergency 911 call in reference to a shooting that had just taken place in Ridgeview Manor Apartments on Bradleyville Road in North Augusta. Officers arriving on the scene found 28-year-old North Augusta resident, Travis Smith, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. A witness to the shooting said two black male suspects wearing hoodies approached the victim while standing outside the apartment B-417 with his girlfriend, Bianca Cauthen. One suspect fired a single shot in the direction of the two as they ran back inside the residence. Travis Smith was found on the couch inside the apartment with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Smith and Cauthen were at the apartment complex visiting Cauthen's friend, Jessica Smith, at the time of the shooting.
The Aiken County Coroner's Office responded and pronounced Travis Smith dead at the scene.
At this time, NADPS detectives and agents with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are actively working leads and following evidence connected to the shooting. No motive or reason for the shooting has been determined at this point. Both suspects are described as black males, over 6 feet tall, and weighing around 160 pounds, and should be considered armed and dangerous. One suspect wore a dark red hoodie and the other a black hoodie.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the identity of either suspect is to contact the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 803-279-2121, or the lead investigator, Detective Jon Nelson, at 803-441-4276 immediately. Crime Stoppers of the Midlands is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) connected to the homicide. Anyone with such information is instructed to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC, Text "tipsc" plus your message to 274637. You can also contact Crime Stoppers on their Facebook page.
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