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Former Belvedere Elementary student killed in Greenwood County shooting

The Aiken County Public School District is mourning the loss of a former Belvedere Elementary School student who was killed Monday in a shooting in Greenwood County.

A man, woman and child, the latter of whom was identified as 10-year-old Shay Nicole Dinkins, were killed in the shootings Monday around 3 p.m. inside a Greenwood County home just off U.S. Highway 25, according to the Associated Press.

Shay attended Belvedere Elementary School for the past two years, according to a news release Tuesday from the Aiken County Public School District.

On Tuesday, the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office identified the other victims as Randy Grant Perkins, 56, and Megan Lee Gale Dinkins, 30, according to the AP. All were listed as residents of the same Greenwood home.

According to the Associated Press, authorities said the shooting suspect, Jeffery Powell, 36, hopped on a plane after the shootings and was arrested hours later at a Florida hotel.

“Our hearts are so heavy today as we process the loss of a sweet young girl and family members to such an unspeakable act,” reads a statement from Belvedere Elementary.

“However, in the midst of tragedy, we also wish to celebrate Shay’s life and all of the joy she brought to our school family.”

The Aiken County Public School District released the following statement Tuesday: "We are devastated as a school district family today after learning of the tragic passing of former Belvedere Elementary School student Shay Dinkins following a heinous act of gun violence in Greenwood County. We send all of our thoughts and prayers to Shay’s family, the Belvedere community, and the students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Belvedere Elementary School."

Counselors are available to provide support services to Belvedere Elementary students and employees.


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