Florence starts healing process again after second officer dies


The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the Summerville police department escorted Deputy Farrah Turner for the last time. 

The officers created a motorcade as Turner’s body was taken to Charleston for an autopsy and then returned to her hometown of Lake City.

Deputy Farrah Turner was one of 7 officers gunned down during an ambush attack in the Vintage Place neighborhood 3 weeks ago. Turner had been fighting for her life since the shooting, she died Monday evening from her injuries.

But Tuesday, flags across the state were at half-staff to honor the fallen hero. 

The house on Ashton Drive had returned to a sense of normalcy. 

The crime scene tape was removed and the dozens of law enforcement vehicles that once lined the street are now gone. Windows on the house were boarded up, giving a glimpse into the tragedy that has now claimed the life of 2 officers. 

For Florence residents, it’s a tragedy many never expected to happen in their town. “When I heard that was happening I really couldn’t’ believe it I was in awe.  I was actually on a delivery and saw helicopters flying around. It was a very weird feeling in the air,” said Troy Smalley. 

Sgt. Terrence Carraway was killed in that attack. And the Florence community has spent the last 2 weeks healing from his death. But now Florence will have to go through the healing process again for Deputy Farrah Turner. 

Reverend Frank Fortune stopped outside of the Florence County Judicial Complex where a deputy cruiser has been put out in Turner’s honor, to pay his respects. 

“This officer was fighting for her life and the family that’s what hurts.. what they’re going through for nothing. a senseless thing like this.”

Flags will remain at half-staff until after Turner’s funeral, which is scheduled for Sunday at noon at the Florence Center. And the police car in front of the complex where Turner once worked will continue to grow with flowers, balloons, and kind words.

Just a few signs to show Deputy Turner’s family and the families of the other officers still fighting for life, that Florence will bounce back. 

“Anytime they’re trying to police the world and make sure things are safe for someone else and to lose their lives like that… it’s very heart wrenching,” added Smalley. 

And charges for suspected shooter 74 year-old Fred Hopkins have been upgraded. Hopkins is now charged with 2 counts of murder and 5 counts of attempted murder. 

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