Dorchester deputies investigating Google employee’s shooting death

The mother of a local Google employee who was fatally shot Saturday was still in shock the next day as Dorchester County deputies continued to develop leads in the case.

Few details have been released about the death of Travis Aaron Gordon, 23, of Kilkenny Avenue near Goose Creek.

He was shot about 10 a.m. at the Quick Food Mart and BP gas station at 2703 Highway 17A South, which is near the intersection of Boonehill and Dorchester roads.

Chief Deputy Sam Richardson said Sunday afternoon that he could not immediately release specifics about the circumstances of Gordon’s death.

Gordon’s mother, Melissa Gordon, said later the same day that she also didn’t know what happened.

“He was an important part of our family,” she said. “This was something that shouldn’t have happened at all.”

Gordon was not shot during a robbery, Richardson said. He did not have a criminal history in the tri-county area.

Melissa Gordon described her son as a “mama’s boy,” and said he lived with her and her boyfriend and two siblings. She said he was hardworking with a “child-like” personality and a good sense of humor. He also really liked martial arts and dinosaurs, aspiring to one day be a paleontologist, she said.

“My son was a kind person who tried to help whoever he could whenever he could,” she added. “He didn’t have a lot of friends, but the friends he did have were really close.”

According to his Facebook page, Gordon worked as an electrical engineer at Google’s Berkeley County facility. His mother said he was a relatively new employee and was supposed to work the day he was killed.

Gordon had lived in the area since 2001 because of his mother’s Coast Guard career, she said, and he attended Stratford High School.

“He appeared to be a pretty good guy,” Richardson said. “There are some circumstances, obviously, behind what happened, but we’re moving forward petty good to figure it out.”

Sheriff’s detectives have not publicly named any suspects, Richardson said, but they had clues about who might have killed Gordon.

On Facebook, Gordon often indicated that he was happy and satisfied with the direction his life was taking. In early May, he announced his new job to his followers.

“Officially working for Google!” he wrote. “Hecka stoked.”

“Maybe I deserve it, maybe I don’t,” he said later last month. “I’m glad I can live with my eyes wide open and see all of the beauty this earth has to offer while being comforted in my own solitude. These are just a few of the many many aspects of my life that I treasure.”

Gordon’s death Saturday was the sixth homicide this year in the sheriff’s jurisdiction. Half of the cases remain unsolved.

The agency handled seven slayings in all of 2014.

The deaths investigated by the Sheriff’s Office this year account for more than a quarter of the 23 homicides reported in 2015 by agencies throughout the tri-county area.

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