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Greenville Co. Homicides Up from This Time Last Year

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Carmello Puccio and Raquan Lewers remember Janice Hackett-Lewers, who was killed on Sunday. Carmello Puccio and Raquan Lewers remember Janice Hackett-Lewers, who was killed on Sunday.
Janice Hackett-Lewers was a mother of two sons, a grandmother of two and an avid volunteer. Janice Hackett-Lewers was a mother of two sons, a grandmother of two and an avid volunteer.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Just two-and-a-half months into 2014, Greenville County is already almost halfway to the total number of homicides it had in all of 2013.

To the families of these victims, the people killed in the upstate are more than statistics.

On Sunday night, Raquan Lewers saw what no 16-year-old should ever have to.

“I can't get the image out of my head. I've just been in shock. I try to go to sleep, I can't even sleep," said Raquan.

He and his mother Janice Hackett-Lewers had just gotten dinner and rented movies. After that, Raquan said he and his girlfriend went to the store. When they came back to his mom’s house on Rangeview Circle, Raquan knew right away something was wrong.

“I opened the door. There was blood all over the door. There was blood everywhere. And I followed the blood to my mama's room and she was laid out on the bed," said Raquan.

He called 911.

It was the second homicide Greenville Co. deputies responded to on Sunday.

Earlier that day, deputies charged Richard Neil Davis with the murder of Donna Sue Roberts at InTown Suites.

Greenville County is outpacing last year's homicide numbers. This time last year, six people had been killed in the county. So far this year, that number has jumped to nine.

Greenville County is already nearly halfway to last year's total number of homicides -- 23.

"We just pray to God that justice be done because this happens too much," said Hackett-Lewers’ sister, Carmella Puccio.

But this is not how Hackett-Lewers' family wants to remember her -- a mother of two sons, a grandmother of two and an avid volunteer.

“I'd just like to say rest in peace to Janice Hackett, and I'll love you forever. And you were the greatest mom in the world," said Raquan.

No one has been charged yet in Hackett-Lewers’ murder. Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jonathan Smith said investigators do not think she was randomly targeted and they are following up on leads.

There have been three homicides so far this year in Anderson County. The county had a total of 15 in 2013 and 12 in 2012.

In Spartanburg Co., homicides have dropped off significantly in recent years. In 2012, there were 15 homicides. Last year, there were three. So far this year, there have been none.


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Jenna Troum
Jenna is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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