Aiken County investigators are still working to find out more information about a homicide involving a USC Aiken student.

There are a lot of unknowns as investigators with the Aiken County County Sheriff’s Office try to figure out what happened with the suspicious death on the outskirts of New Ellenton.

We spoke with a man who lives in the area.

“This has been a very quiet neighborhood,” said David Carlise Holly Jr. “That’s an isolated event that something like this has happened.”

Authorities report finding a man in the driver’s seat of a car on Gunter Road, just off Talatha Church Road close to 8 o’clock Tuesday morning. The coroner later identified that man as 20-year-old Jeremiah Duncan, a USC Aiken student from Beech Island. Officials say he was shot in the head, news that left those in the area in shock.

Jeremiah Duncan

“Carrol Heath, the ex Sheriff of Aiken County used to lived exactly two miles from here. My granddaddy lived three miles from here and he was a deputy sheriff for the Sheriff’s Department,” Holly said.

We spoke with a man who lives on Gunter Road off camera. He said he’s shocked too because the area is not known to be violent.

USC Aiken issued the following statement:

“News like this is very difficult for all of us in a close-knit campus community like USC Aiken.  Counselors are standing by to support our students, faculty and staff and provide grief counseling.  Our first priority at this moment is to extend our sympathy and condolences to Jeremiah’s family and friends.  We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.” – Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor:

“We got Talatha Church right down the road. This road is frequently traveled,” Holly said.

Again, this is an ongoing investigation and as soon as we have new information, we will share it with you.

Photojournalist: Gary Hipps


AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Investigators have identified the victim in Tuesday morning’s death investigation in Aiken County.

Capt. Eric Abdullah with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office tells us the call came in around 7:58 a.m. regarding a man slumped over the wheel of a car on Gunter Road at Talatha Church Road.

When investigators arrived, they found the victim, now identified at 20-year-old Jeremiah Duncan, inside of a vehicle with a visible head injury.

Duncan, a Beech Island resident, is stated to be a student at USC Aiken.

Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables states Duncan’s cause of death was a gunshot wound. His autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday in Newberry, S.C.

Count on us for more details as they become available.