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The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the death of a Summerville woman. Tabetha Grooms died at MUSC less than 2 weeks after deputies and EMS found her unresponsive in the bathtub of her home.

Clay Pennington worked with 37-year old Tabetha Grooms for almost a decade. She helped manage his store Sonny's CITGO, off Boone Hill Road in Summerville. His voice quivered with emotion while he offered up some kind words.

"She was first class. Tabetha had been with me for a little over 8 years and she was at the top of her game. She was professional. She was a very caring person. We have lost a big part of our company and the community as well lost a very good person," Pennington said. 

As others reflect on her outgoing nature, the investigation into a suspicious death moves forward.

On April 28, EMS found Tabetha Grooms unconscious in the bathtub of her home at 137 Turner Street in Summerville. Deputies say her husband told them she had been drinking and took 2 separate falls. According to the incident report, the second fall was after he helped her start the shower because she was feeling sick. The report states that there was blood close by and a pillow inside the tub. She was rushed to MUSC and later died on May 9th.

The incident report, which deputies called preliminary, concluded that "no one gave any indications of foul play." However Grooms' medical staff later alerted deputies to "abnormalities" and the Sheriff's Office then began a more broad investigation.

On Tuesday evening a memorial service is being held to remember the mother of three. Those who knew her, be it briefly or long-term, said her friendly nature was her best quality. And one of those who knew her is pretty good at choosing quality people.

 Summerville High Coach John Mckissick stopped into Sonny's almost daily on his way to school and he told News 2 over the phone it was sometimes just to see Tabitha.

He described her as "the nicest person you ever wanted to be around."

"If I was down, I looked forward to seeing her every morning. She was a good person," Mckissick said.

The Coroner's Office as well as Sheriff Deputies in Dorchester County have said they plan to release their findings on the investigation soon.

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