At an emotionally charged bail hearing Friday night, murder defendant Terrance Lance addressed the family of Rodriquez Henderson and apologized for their loss.
Lance, 23, of Houston Street is accused of gunning down the North Charleston teen in broad daylight on Thursday.
Henderson’s mother rejected Lance’s apology.
“I’m at a loss for words. There’s nothing anyone can tell me to ease this pain I’m having,” Tammy Hamilton said.
Henderson’s stepfather demanded justice for the family.
“This has been a devastating loss. In America you can’t just go around taking someone’s life,” Cory Hamilton said.
He said that he had not slept since the killing
Tammy Hamilton said her son, 19, worked as a stocker at a discount warehouse. She described him as church-going and well-mannered. He was working toward his high school diploma, she said.
“I’ve never seen this young man (Lance). I don’t know who he is,” she said, adding that she didn’t have a clue why the shooting happened.
Henderson’s grandmother, Margie Henderson, wept after the hearing. She said she heard the shooting was over a few dollars.
“My boy lost his life for $20,” she said. “I love him with all my heart.”
Margie Henderson said she would see her grandson again in heaven.
Tammy Hamilton said she planned a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Saturday on Saratoga Street where her son was shot.
On Friday night, Lance told Charleston County Magistrate Alvin Blidgen that he was unemployed. Bail will be considered at a later date by a circuit judge. On Friday night Blidgen ordered Lance to have no contact with the family.
Lance turned himself in at North Charleston police headquarters shortly before midnight on Thursday, just hours after the shooting, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. He is charged with murder, jail records show.
Lance is accused of fatally shooting Henderson in North Charleston’s Dorchester-Waylyn community.
Police believe that the shooting stemmed from a fight between Lance and Henderson, Pryor said.
Several neighbors reported hearing a quick staccato of gunfire about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and called 911.
Henderson was found lying facedown outside a house at 2721 Saratoga Road, an incident report states. He was bleeding from the head and leg, neighbors said.
A fully loaded pistol, with a chambered round, was found beneath Henderson’s body when paramedics rolled him over, the report states. But police on Friday had not yet recovered the gun used to fire the fatal shots, Pryor said.
Henderson was taken to Medical University Hospital, where he later died, Pryor said.
Witnesses reported seeing two men dash between houses and away from the scene. Police aren’t searching for a second suspect, Pryor said.
Officers sectioned off the road’s 2700 block with yellow tape on Thursday while questioning neighbors.
A helicopter and sheriff’s dogs searched the surrounding area for clues. Four schools were placed on lockdown for two hours during the search.
Lance was in custody about 12 hours after the shooting occurred.
His arrest late Thursday was not Lance’s first run-in with police. He was convicted of drug possession charges in 2006 and 2007 and 2011, State Law Enforcement Division records show.
He is currently on probation following a 2010 conviction for strong-arm robbery, state records show.