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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 4, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A 4-year-old Aiken boy was looking for his new Shoes when he came across a loaded handgun under a bed and accidentally shot and killed himself, officials said. The child, Kavionne Brabham, was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers by Aiken County EMS from his Buldra Drive residence Thursday after Aiken County SherifTs Office deputies intercepted the faniiiy driving the boy to the hospital. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Highway 19 at Chimebell Church Road • between 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Inside the vehicle, the deputy saw the boy, lymg face up in his mother's arms. The deputy described the "(The toddler) pointed the weapon at himself and discharged the weapon. " Tim Carlton, Aiken County coroner boy as being bloody, had no pulse and was unresponsive. He then called for Aiken County EMS, which took the boy to the hospital. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital, officials said. T^e deputy spoke with Jamar Grepn, who also lives at the home with the boy and the boy's mother. He told investigators he was cooking when the 4-year-old walked mto the master bedroom. He saia he heard the gunshot and ran into the room. He found the victim lying beside the bed with a gunshot woimd to the head. The gun was lying next to the boy, he said; Green then took the .38 caliber reyolver and put it on the kitchen table, he said. ' Other witnesses told officials the child was look ing for his new shoes when he discovered the loaded revolver under a bed. "He pointed the weapon at himself and discharged the weapon," said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. The mother Diandria L. Brown, along with several others, was at the residence at the time of the shooting, Cariton added. Please see CHILD, page 12A Saturday June 4,2011 Todays Weather High Low w Full forecast 16C Vol. 145, No. 155 \ ( ) I I r I. o ( • a I S ( > 11 r ( - c wS i 11 c < ^ I 8 ( ) 7 mSSSSSSSSi www.aikenstanclard.com ——^ 50^ move your tassels... For more photos of the Class of 2011, please see pages 9A and 10A. ■ With ceremonies Friday night, the last of the Class of 2011 says, farewell to Aiken County high schools. By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Following South Aiken High School's graduation ceremony, I Jasmine Mozone joined her classmates in the back of the use Aiken Convocation Center ta. pick up her diploma. Mozone made her way back toward the lobby but ' found her mother Rhonda waiting for her before she got there. They quickly dissolved into an emotional embrace. "It's been rough, but I got past it," Jasmine said. "I wish my daddy was here. He passed away almost two years ago. But my mama kept me going and pushed me to succeed." Rhonda Mozone said proudly that her daughter is headed to Columbia College and will major in chemistry. "She has such a good heart," Mozone said of Jasmine.'"She's a go-getter and a hard worker. I knew she could do it despite eveiythmg she's been through." Please see GRADS, page 12A Staff photos by Rob Novit Aiken High School's Class of 2011 eagerly awaits the end of Friday afternoon's graduation ceremonies in the USC Aiken Convocation Center. Ridge Spring-Monetta High valedictorian Katie Miller cites band director Jeff Clamp as a teacher who has had a big influence on her at the school. South Aiken High seniors celebrate aft^r getting their diplomas. Amber Williams, a Wagener-Salley High senior, shows off her diploma at commencement. Augusta mayor: 'We're all in this together' By ROB NOVIT Senior writer He may live across the Savannah River, said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, but "we are really one region, particularly in economic development." , In a speech at the Greater 4iken Chamber of Commerce First Friday break^t, Copenhaver reiterated his promotion of collaboration in securing business and industrial prospects. "My communication role is lead salesman," he said. "If a major employer is looking at Augusta, Aiken, Columbia or Lincobi counties - any piece in our region - I'm gomg to • do everything to help. Every-. body can take advantage of those jobs and opportunities." When Copenhaver ran for mayor in 2006, one of his opponents suggested that Auguste and Richmond County should require any major employer to hire only from within fiiose borders. But such demands shouldn't be placed on employers, he said; many Augusta residents work in Aiken, and Aik^n residents cross the river for jobs in Augusta. "I'm trying to be a part of helping move the city and region forward," said Copenhaver. "I am not a politician. I love the city I live in, and I love Aiken, too. We're all in this together." David Jameson, the Aiken Chamber president, readily a^ees wiûi that philosophy. "We cannot be islands unto ourselves," he said. "Thé way ecoHomics works, you have to form à regional economic zone. We have to think of ourselves as a region. We have to look at those opportunities for collaboration. That's going to help build our economy and keep it strong. When a project comes anywhere in the region, everybody benefits from that project." Jameson pointed out that four area Chambers - including those from Aiken, North Augusta and Augusta - took a contingent of people to Washington, D'.C. Eight of them were in attendance at the First Friday breakfast. It's Please see AUGUSTA, page 12A staff photo by Rob Novit Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, right, the Greater Aiken Chamber's First Friday speaker, talks with Glenn Parker, the City of Aiken's parks and tourism directQr. Eflith p. Jackson, Aiken r John C. Lewis Sr., Jackson Master Kavionne Brabham, Willlston "Qie Rev. Louis liAason Idams, Greenwood tòmnfileTlgue''Bucky" liybrand Jr., Aiken Tony Haupfear, Greenwood Deaths and lunerals 16A Calendar 5C Classifieds 2D Crossword 4C Comics 3C DearAbby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 11A Movie listings 5C Nation/World HA Puzzles • 4C" Sports If TV listings 2C fiOMINeSIINIHY. HURRICANE SEASON is here, and if a storm hits South Carolina, AIKEN is a destination for coastal EVACUATION ROUTES. Are we ready in the event of an EMERGENCY? We take a looktin SUNDAY, PAGE 1A. EVACUATION ROUTE . mià.-^—. Ù
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