Just hours before her death early Saturday, 19-year-old Ariel Morgan tweeted that she hoped there wouldn't be any trouble at a block party she was planning to attend Friday night.
"Some of us want our life's and just want to have a good and safe time," read a portion of Morgan's tweet. That was sent out just before 6 p.m. Friday. By 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Morgan had been fatally shot at a block party on Tish Lane in the Longridge community near Moncks Corner.
Morgan died at Medical University Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Four others were also shot in the melee and taken to local hospitals for treatment.
By Sunday evening family and friends had gathered at the home of Morgan's mother in Moncks Corner to mourn and remember the teen.
Morgan's mother, Kendra Morgan-Stevens, said she didn't know many details about the party or what happened except that there had been a "shoot-out." She said she didn't know any of the other people who were shot.
"It was senseless violence," she said of her daughter's death.
Morgan-Stevens said her daughter was well-mannered and respectful."Ariel was a good girl," she said. "She just liked having fun."
A party in the 300 block of Tish Lane was promoted on twitter in a post on June 1. "Ladies" would be charged $2 and "fellas" would be charged $5. The tweet instructed partygoers to bring their own beer. The tweet said there would be "security on deck."
According to her twitter account, Morgan was planning to attend the party on Tish Lane, which she described as a "block party," Friday night with friends. She tweeted that she would head over to the party after she got off work. She was working at Rack Room Shoes. Her last tweet was at midnight on Saturday when she complained about the rain.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has released few details about the shooting. No new information was released on Sunday and a sheriff's office spokesman did not return phone calls or an email seeking information. The conditions of the four other shooting victims are unclear.
Witnesses at the party estimated there were as many as 1,500 people there, many of whom were from out of state. They described a scene of chaos as gunshots rang out, with people running and falling to the ground.
Morgan was an active child and teen, according to her mother. She began cheerleading when she was 8, cheering for C3 Cheer, a West Ashley based cheer group, and later Stratford High where she graduated in 2013.
After high school, Morgan enrolled at Francis Marion University in Florence where she was studying to be a nurse, Morgan-Stevens said. She had hoped to eventually become a pediatric nurse.
"She always had a smile on her face," said family member Carla Kyle. "She loved children."
Morgan-Stevens said her daughter was loved by many.
"She was well loved and liked by family and friends."
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