Family, community remembers Greenwood teen killed in shooting


GREENWOOD, SC (WSPA) –  A vigil was held Thursday night for a 15-year-old who was shot and killed last week in Greenwood.

The shooting happened at the Fairfield & Winns apartment complex.

The teen, Tidrekis Daquan Gary, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Around 50 people gathered Thursday night to pay their respects at the vigil, and those who knew and loved him are calling for an end to violence in Greenwood.

Gary, or as family and friends called him “Fatboy,” left an impression — some for his hard work in the classroom and others for his sense of humor — on many.

“All I can say about Fatboy is he always, always be respectful,” one person told us.

Now, one week after someone took his life, his family is struggling to cope.

Gary’s cousin, Qudarius Neal said the violence is becoming too common in Greenwood.

“It’s like every time you turn around something is happening with some type of gun violence around and it needs to stop,” Neal said. 

One local teacher is asking parents to talk to their children about gang and gun violence.

“One bullet’s taking two families — one’s going to the grave and the other’s going to jail,” they said.

Gary was shot at the apartment complex near Tennessee and Ohio courts.

He was a freshman at Emerald High School.

Gary’s family said they want someone held responsible for the crime.

“Whoever did it, turn yourself in and go to jail,” Gary’s cousin, C.J. Parker, said. “And be in there for life. He was only 15 years old.”

Greenwood Police said they do have several possible suspects, but so far no arrests have been made.

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