WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of a 9-year-old girl and her father following a hunting accident on New Year’s Day.
According to DNR, four hunters were attempting to move deer, also known as driving deer, on Barracada Road in Walterboro when two hunters were shot after being mistaken for a deer.
The two hunters died from injuries sustained in that shooting.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey later identified the victims as 9-year-old Lauren Drawdy and 30-year-old Kim Drawdy.
Colleton County Fire Rescue said the victims were discovered about a half-mile off Barracada Road Wednesday afternoon. It was the last day of deer hunting season.
“When I got the message, I just couldn’t believe it, my heart stopped when they told me it was my brother and his daughter! You know, it was terrible.”Benny Drawdy, Kim’s brother
The accident happened in the woods behind Kim’s house, woods he had hunted many times before.
“He was a real outdoorsman, he loved the outdoors like we all do, he loved to hunt and stuff,” said Benny.
Family members say his daughter, Lauren, was following in his footsteps and just shot her first deer a few weeks ago.
“That little girl’s in heaven,” said Shandon Catterton, a friend of the victim.
Now, friends and family in Walterboro are remembering the person Drawdy was.
“Kim was a real man and he was a brother to me and a friend,” said Catterton.
Coroner Harvey said an autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The family is working on plans for a memorial service.
A spokesperson with the Colleton County School District on Friday announced plans to place support staff at Lauren’s school, Cottageville Elementary School, to help classmates as they grieve.
“All of us in the Colleton County School District send our condolences to everyone affected by Lauren’s passing. It is always difficult to experience the loss of someone so young. Please keep the Drawdy family in your thoughts,” they said in a press release.