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Father Murdered By Teen Sons, Their Friends Who Didn’t Like Being Disciplined

Rock Hill, SC – A 38-year-old man was fatally shot by his teenage sons and two other juveniles after they became upset over being disciplined for their behavior.

“His sons just weren’t, you know, they weren’t ready to accept discipline and it’s very hard for our family, because not only did I lose my brother, we dealing with my nephews as well,” the victim’s sister, Kimberly Ingram, told WSOC.

The fatal shooting occurred at the Paces River Apartments off of Interstate 77 shortly after midnight on Nov. 14, WSOC reported.

Police discovered the victim’s body later that day, according to WGHP.

Kimberly Ingram identified him as her brother, 38-year-old Larry Ingram, WSOC reported.

Rock Hill Police Department (RHPD) Lieutenant Michael Chavis said the victim’s body was found inside the apartment, and that at least four juveniles were present in the home at the time of the murder, according to WGHP.

“Apparently, there was something that transpired earlier with the victim enacting some discipline,” Lt. Chavis said. “Four of the juveniles that were in the apartment were unhappy about what was done, so we found out that a plan was made, and these four juveniles were together in concert and killed the 38-year-old victim.”

Three of the suspects are 14 years old, and one of the suspects is 15 years old, The Herald reported.

Kimberly Ingram said two of the four teens are her brother’s sons, according to WSOC.

The suspects have been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

It is unclear whether any of them will be tried as adults, The Herald reported.

“This is very hard for us and I just hope that God gives us all strength and everyone pray for us during this tragedy of our life,” Kimberly Ingram told WSOC.

She said Larry Ingram and his children had recently moved to Rock Hill.

“He was trying to make a better way for him and his children,” she said. “He wasn’t fully where he wanted to be, but he was definitely trying to get to that area in his life.”

The RHPD said they recovered the suspected murder weapon in a nearby wooded area with the assistance of the York County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) and a K9 unit, The Herald reported.

Lt. Chavis said the teens obtained the firearm illegally, but no further details regarding how they came into possession of it were immediately released.

Stop the Violence Rock Hill founder Maurice Sutton said local youth need more activities and to learn ways to cope without resorting to violence, WGHP reported.

“This is becoming a problem,” Sutton said. “Rock Hill needs a P.A.L. Center, a police athletic league, for these youth. They need to understand that violence is not the key.”

“A 14-year-old owning a handgun or carrying a handgun is insane,” he added. “There’s a lot that has to be done, and that just doesn’t start now; that starts every day that when we wake up, we’ve got to teach these kids something different.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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