An alliance of pastors in the Orangeburg County is holding a vigil tonight in Eutawville on the eve of the second anniversary of the death of Bernard Bailey, who was shot by the town’s police chief, Richard Combs.
That same group has been calling for answers about the investigation, which have remained shrouded in mystery.
“We just want disclosure and closure,” said Pastor Gralin Hampton, president of the East Orangeburg Ministerial Alliance.
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division recently closed the case file without filing any charges. First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said he’s launched his own probe into the killing, and it won’t take nearly as long to complete.
Hampton said they’ve been watching the case very closely and are not happy about the lack of information released to the public.
“The bottom line is after two years, we still don’t have any resolve,” said Hampton. “We cannot understand or see that one man loses his job and another human being loses his life. Where is the justice in that?”
Hampton said all they’re looking for is the truth. “If his (Combs’) life indeed was in jeopardy, then we just want to know. But if Bailey was in his truck and he shoots him three times, we don’t think that warrants killing a human being,” he said.
Hampton said the vigil will consist of five prayer topics for the community including prayers for Bailey and Combs’ families.
It is scheduled to take place at the Historic Church of the Epiphany at 211 Epiphany Road at 7 p.m.
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