Family of woman killed in Mount Pleasant’s Snowden community say they can’t understand it

Mount Pleasant Police Detective Ashley Phillips embraces Peggy Thompson, Tameka Lynn Thompson’s mother, Friday morning after a bond hearing for Jimmy Coaxum, the man accused of killing her. Peggy Thompson is also being comforted by family friend Ray Hamilton and Ruth Broughton, a victim’s advocate for the police department.

The family of a woman shot to death in the Snowden community near Mount Pleasant early Saturday say they didn’t know the suspect or why she was shot.

Jimmy Coaxum, 28, of Fayetteville, N.C., is accused of fatally shooting Tameka Lynn Thompson, 38, around 2:30 a.m. on Snowden Road. The community off Long Point Road is outside the town limits but patrolled by Mount Pleasant police.

Coaxum was arrested Monday in his hometown of Fayetteville on a murder charge and transferred to the North Charleston jail Thursday. Judge Linda Lombard denied bail Friday morning.

Thompson has five children, according to her mother, Peggy Thompson. She and other family members said after the bond hearing that they didn’t know Coaxum or why he was in the house when Thompson was shot in the head.

A man who lives at the house at 1557 Snowden Road told police he saw Coaxum go into Thompson’s bedroom and flee from the house, and then found her dying from a gunshot wound, according to the arrest affidavit. The resident told police he had prior encounters with Coaxum and recognized him. Investigators said the resident identified Coaxum from a photo lineup.

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