Two cousins went to their friend's house Monday morning in North Charleston, but only one left alive.
Loved ones openly sobbed in the street in the Forest Hills subdivision as 19-year-old Dionta RaShad Cochran lay dead in a driveway on Desmond Avenue, gunned down next to his cousin's sport utility vehicle. North Charleston police found him lying beside the Ford Explorer with the driver's side door still open at 11:35 a.m.
It was the second violent death in the family. Cochran's half brother was killed two years ago, and a man who once was charged in that homicide is now suspected of killing a 15-year-old boy last month in Charleston.
Cochran spent nearly every day with two cousins, Justin Townsend and Brittany Bonneau. Bonneau said Townsend and Cochran normally would pick her up in Townsend's SUV at her home in Forest Hills before heading to a friend's house nearby on Desmond Avenue.
But for some reason, Townsend and Cochran didn't come for Bonneau on Monday morning. Instead, she got a phone call telling her that Cochran had been killed.
"I don't know why this happened. My cousin didn't have no beef with anybody," she said. "That's my heart. That's my blood, man. He was like another brother."
Police made no arrest and did not identify a suspect.
Cochran was a former student at Stall High School, and he was attending night school. He was a former employee at Gilligan's restaurant in Ladson, and he was looking for work this week, his family said.
The family suffered another loss in October 2006.
Cochran's half brother, David Hamilton, was shot several times and left to die on the lawn of a Hanover Street apartment complex in downtown Charleston. Rafael Horlbeck was charged with murder in Hamilton's slaying, but the charge was dropped after one witness refused to testify and the other recanted her story.
Horlbeck and his brother, Leon Willis Horlbeck Jr., were charged with murder in connection with the death of 15-year-old Jermel Brown, who was shot and left beneath an Interstate 26 overpass June 30.
Monday's killing brought back sad memories for Hamilton's mother, Karen King.
"I'm feeling numb," she said in reaction to Cochran's death.
Two years after Hamilton's death, she still has not healed, said her boyfriend, Horace Goss.
"Every night, she cries and cries," Goss said. "She just cant take it."
Hamilton and Cochran had the same father, David Bonneau, who died in a 1991 automobile accident.
Cochran lived on Ashley Phosphate Road in the Pepperhill community. He is survived by his mother, Sonya Holmes; a sister, Ashia Smith; and three brothers, Steven Johnson, Dontrell Cochran and Justin Ranson.
Smith-McNeal Funeral Home of Charleston is handling the arrangements.