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Greenwood Residents Question Surge In Homicide Rate

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A double murder at the Extended Stay in Greenwood Wednesday brings yearly total of homicides to 16. A double murder at the Extended Stay in Greenwood Wednesday brings yearly total of homicides to 16.
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Law enforcement officials in Greenwood County have recently been going from one violent crime scene to another.

In the past 30 days, there have been nine homicide cases in Greenwood, according to Coroner Sonny Cox.

“Some people have been terrified, locking their doors and staying at home,” says anti-violence activist Trish Turner.

The most notable case happened on Oct. 29 at a home on Callison Highway.

Deputies say Bryan E. Sweatt, 27, called 911 dispatchers threatening suicide.

When deputies arrived at the home, they discovered his body along with the body of his girlfriend Chandra Marie Fields, 26; her parents Richard Allen Fields, 51; Melissa Maroney Fields, 49; and his girlfriend’s nephews Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11; William Asa Robinson, 9.

The crime not only shocked law enforcement, but residents were also shaken by the tragedy.

“I think it is a wake-up call for everyone.”

The rise in violence has Turner wanting to fight back.

She is currently working to bring Upstate religious leaders and anti-crime activists to the place she calls home.

Turner believes the reason for the surge in the homicide rate is due to lack of community support within neighborhoods.

25-year-old Travis Greene who founded the nonprofit “Lifting Hearts Foundation” also believes there is a disconnect amongst locals.

“A lot of them are just shocked and a lot of them have gotten used to it which is really sad,” Greene said.

Greene is planning what he calls a “No More Violence Benefit Dinner” next month to raise awareness about the deadly crimes.

So far this year, the coroner’s office has responded to 16 homicides in the city, county and surrounding area.

That number is up from nine homicides in 2012 and eight homicides in 2011.

“The biggest key to solving the issue is going to be getting everyone on the same accord,” says Greene.

While investigators will continue to look for motives in the recent slayings, both Greene and Turner hope to find solutions.

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