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Loved ones remember Fayetteville 4-year-old killed in SC shooting

Posted July 7, 2020 5:53 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2020 6:38 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville family is mourning the loss of a 4-year-old who was shot to death last weekend in South Carolina.

While law enforcement continues to investigate in South Carolina, Karson Walker's family is grieving in North Carolina.

Victory Baptist Church was where Walker attended church ever since he was born. Now, his church family is remembering a life taken too soon.

"He was so smart. My wife was telling me about when they were doing the creation story in Genesis, and they would come in to review the previous week, and he was able to remember each day and what was created and everything. So just a very smart child,” described pastor Jason Arnett.

Horry County Police in South Carolina were called to a home on the Fourth of July. There, they found Karson dead of a gunshot wound.

Investigators said the child's uncle, Henry Moody, 22, was the shooter.

The pastor has spent the past couple of days comforting the child's mother and father. He said the family is holding up as well as someone would expect.

"It's definitely a tough time. Like I said, you can never be prepared for something like this," he said.

Investigators said Moody fled the scene, but was captured about six hours later by Robeson County Deputies in Fairmont, N.C.

While Moody's legal ordeal begins, Karson's church family is remembering a little child whose life was taken too soon.

"Karson is just an amazing child. Anytime he would enter a room, he would just steal the attention because of his energy and his smile. He was so smart," described Arnett.

The family will have a memorial for Karson on Sunday, but it will be for family members only.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family.

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