Grandmother of victim fatally shot in Dorchester: ‘He didn’t deserve to die like that’

Gerrod Metoyer, 29, was fatally shot Tuesday morning just outside North Charleston. Dorchester County sheriff’s officials are investigating the homicide.

Gerrod Metoyer wasn’t supposed to die before his grandmother.

“I was supposed to go first, not him,” Brenda Metoyer said. The Summerville woman was distraught Tuesday as she tried to make sense of why someone would kill her 29-year-old grandson.

Gerrod Metoyer was fatally shot in the head early Tuesday just outside North Charleston. His body was discovered around 3:30 a.m. by a passerby near Ashley Phosphate Road and Dorchester Manor Boulevard, according to Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet. The area is between Windsor Hill Plantation and Patriot Boulevard.

Metoyer’s death was ruled a homicide and an autopsy was completed. His is the 11th homicide in Dorchester County this year.

“He didn’t deserve to die like that,” Metoyer said. “Why run him down like that? Why do that? That’s my baby. Oh, Jesus.”

Metoyer had lived in the Charleston area off and on for the past 10 years. He graduated from West Ashley High School in 2005 and left behind two toddler-age sons, his grandmother said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Metoyer said her daughter was traveling from Georgia to Summerville to be with the family. She added that she was inconsolable after learning of her son’s death.

“My heart just hurts so bad for her,” she said, her voice cracking.

Metoyer said she and other family members tried to warn her grandson about some of the “wrong” people he had been hanging out with, “but young people don’t always listen.”

Dorchester County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Sam Richardson would not release any details about the killing or whether any suspects had been identified, citing the ongoing investigation.

“His heart was into doing better and making his way in this world, in this life,” she said. “And they cut him short. They cut his life short.”

Metoyer said so many things have been running through her mind since her grandson’s death, but with all the recent tragedy in Charleston, she just wants to know when enough will be enough.

Metoyer’s death is the first homicide in the tri-county area since nine people were gunned down June 17 during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church.

“Why take his life? With all that’s going on in Charleston — the Emanuel shooting, so many deaths — it’s time to stop,” she said. “How many more have to suffer? How many more mothers have to cry? How much more do we have to suffer?”

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