Candlelight vigil held for teen fatally shot during car theft

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – It was an emotional night for people who knew and loved Deondre Brannon — who everyone called “Mookie.”

“I will always love him,” said his mother, Lakeisha Oglesby. “He might be gone from here but he’s always in my heart.” She was among dozens of people gathered at Leroy Mathis Park Sunday, some holding candles.  “Everybody being here means a lot to me. That was my baby. He didn’t deserve this – regardless.”

Brannon was shot to death on James Raymond Court near Wellford last Tuesday. According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, a homeowner said their car was stolen the night before. And, that the alarm on their second car woke them up Tuesday night and they came out and fired gunshots. Sheriff Chuck Wright says a weapon that did not belong to the homeowner was also found at the scene.

“The tragedy that happened to him, don’t let it happen to you,” said Brannon’s father.

During the vigil, community leaders made a call to use this family’s tragedy as a lesson. “Everybody here tonight can make a change from this point forward,” a pastor said. The event was hosted by the Put Down the Guns Now Young People organization, and its founder Jack Logan.

Though moving forward won’t be easy, loved ones say they’re remembering Brannon by not forgetting to laugh along the way. Brannon’s funeral is Saturday at the Inman First Baptist church starting at 4:00 p.m.

A second teen that fled that scene of the shooting is now in custody on an unrelated charge.

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