Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 4, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Child shot dead in ‘tragic accident’
YThe toddler) pointed the weapon at * himself and discharged the weapon. ”
By KAREN DAILY
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 atter Aiken County Sheriffs Office deputies intercepted the family 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, lying face up in his mother’s antis. The deputy described the
boy as being bloody, had no pulse and was unresponsive. He then called for Aiken Count) EMS, which took the boy to the hospital. The child was pronounced dead at theTim Carlton,
Aiken CountV coroner
hospital, officials said.
The deputy spoke with J amar Green, w ho 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 into the master bedroom. He said he heard the gunshot and ran into the room.
He found the victim lying beside the bed with a gunshot wound to the head. The gun was lying next to the boy, he said.
Green then took the .38 caliber revolver and put it on the kitchen table, he said.
Other w itnesses 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 C arlton.
The mother Diandria L. Brown, along w itll several others, was at the residence at the time of the shooting, Carlton added.
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■ With ceremonies Friday night, the last of the Class of 2011 says. farewell to Aiken County high schools.
By ROB NOVIT
Following South Aiken I iigh School’s graduation ceremony. Jasmine Mozune louted her classmates in the back of the USC Aiken Con-v ovation Center to pick up ho diploma.
Mozonc 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 arid pushed me to succeed."
Rhonda Mo/one said proudly that her daughter is headed to Columbia College ami will major in chemistry.
“She has such a good heart,” Mozone said of Jas-mine.'”Shc’s a go-getter and a hard worker. I knew she could do it despite everything she’s been through.”
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For more photos of the Class of 2011, please see pages 9A and 10A.
Staff photos by Rob Novtt
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 ekes band director Jeff Clamp as a teacher who has had a big influence on her at the school.
South Aiken High seniors celebrate aftgr 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
He may live across the Savannah River, said Augusta Mayor Deke C openhaver, but "we are really one region, particularly in economic development."
In a speech at the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce First Fnday breakfast, 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 Lincoln counties - any piece in our region - I’m going to do ev cry thing to help. Ev ery-body can take adv .image of those jobs and opportunities.” When Copenhav er ran for mayor in 2006, one of his opponents suggested that Augusta arui Richmond County should require any major employer to hire (Wily from within those borders But such demands shouldn’t be placed on employers, he said; many Augusta residents work in Aiken, and Aiken
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residents cross the mer tor jobs in Augusta.
“I’m try ing to be a part of helping move the city and region forward," said t openhaver. "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 agrees w ith that philosophy.
“We cannot be islands unto ourselves,” he said. “ live way economics works, you have to form a regional economic zone. We have to think of ourselves as a region. We
have to look al those opportunities tor 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 C hambers - 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
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Staff photo by Rob Novtt 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 director.fiOMINGSIMDAY.
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