Candlelight vigil held for slain Gaffney woman

GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Dozens of Gaffney residents attended a candlelight vigil Monday night in remembrance of a young mother shot to death in her driveway.

Sametra Dawkins, 30, was found dead in a vehicle outside her Overbrook Drive home on Thursday night.  Police believe 34-year old Shecky Tate was the gunman. He has been charged with murder, but authorities have not made an arrest as of Monday night.

Mourners released balloons and said prayers after a brief service inside the Bethel Baptist Church in Gaffney where Dawkins was an active member. Her sister tells 7 News she is praying for the shooter.

“God knows and sees all and he knows who did this,” Donitra Petty said. “And I know that if I continue to keep praying for that person, then God is going to see to it that it gets fixed.”

Dawkins will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

Investigators ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shecky Tate to call Gaffney Police Department at 864-489-8115 or 911.

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