MONCKS CORNER -- Relatives of homicide victim Brittany Aigoro stared intently as four men accused of killing her walked into a courtroom Thursday night to face a judge on murder charges.
The suspects include Aigoro's fiance, Aveon Goodman, a man whom the victim's family members had accepted as one of their own.
"I took him in as my grandson," Helen Brown, the victim's grandmother said earlier Thursday. "It's just hurtful. My daughter mentored him and took care of him. She let him use her car to look for jobs. We just loved the boy."
Brown said she and other family members were distraught to learn that the 23-year-old Goodman was one of four men charged with murdering Aigoro at a Russellville Road house early Monday. The two were engaged to be married. They treated him like family.
The other three men charged are Sheldon Goodman, 22; Brandon Jenkins, 22; and Joshua Jenkins, 24. All four are from Eutawville. The Goodmans are brothers; the Jenkinses are cousins, deputies said.
Aigoro was shot to death and 25-year-old Kendrick Shirer was shot in the side about 12:30 a.m. Monday as a hail of bullets was sprayed into Shirer's mother's house on Russellville Road. Shirer was treated for his injuries and released.
The four suspects said little as they stood before Berkeley County Magistrate James Polk, who explained that as a magistrate, he could not set bond on a murder charge. A Berkeley County sheriff's detective said Aigoro's relatives understood that there would be no bond set.
The arrest warrants charging the four men with murder provided no new details in the case.
Investigators have said robbery was a motive in the shooting, but they have not revealed what the would-be robbers were trying to steal. They also would not say who fired the shots.
According to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Joshua Jenkins is on probation for a March second-degree burglary conviction in Orangeburg County. Brandon Jenkins is on probation that was to have ended next month for a 2008 drug possession conviction. According to SLED, Aveon and Sheldon Goodman have no convictions.
The four suspects were taken back to their cells at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.
After the hearing, the three family members who sat through the hearing said they didn't want to talk with reporters. They met a group of about 20 other people outside, some of whom were hugging each other as they walked away from the jail.
While speaking with The Post and Courier earlier Thursday, Brown also said Aveon Goodman was with the family Wednesday afternoon when Berkeley County sheriff's deputies arrived to talk to him. Brown said she never imagined they would later arrest him, along with the three other men.
"We're all trying to make sense of it," she said. "We don't understand it. It's too much to carry."