Community mourns Marine shot and killed at home


A community is mourning a Marine and father of four who was shot and killed on his front porch Wednesday night. 

A 17-year-old turned himself in for the shooting. Deputies say the teen was shooting at a road sign at a nearby intersection when a bullet hit Joe Black in the chest. Black was sitting on his porch, along with his wife and children when he was shot. The teen, identified as Eason Reid Gravley, is now charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

Black was a retired Marine with more than 20 years of service and at least 17 military awards, according to his obituary.  Friends are now raising money for the wife and four children he leaves behind. 

“It’s a sad thing, and I feel really bad about what happened,” said Black’s neighbor, Joe Woodward. “It’s something you can’t explain.”

According to the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, Black’s family performed CPR before he was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators determined someone was shooting at a road sign at an intersection around the corner from Black’s driveway. 

Neighbors told 7 News the sign has been removed for evidence. Neighbors also said shooting in general and at signs in the area is an ongoing problem. 

About two months ago, Woodward said his neighbor told him something disturbing. 

“Joe came over and told me he said, ‘I have to make the family go in the house, because the bullets
zipping by,'” he said.

Another neighbor said he’s been hearing gunshots regularly for the nearly 50 years he’s lived in the area. 

“It’s every night,” Woodward said.

Gravley is charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a handgun in connection to Black’s death. He was released on a $25,000 bond. 

A page has been set up to raise money for the Black family. 

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