Father releases statement after daughter, 14, dies in shooting at “unauthorized” concert

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting at an “unauthorized” concert that left 14 people injured and a teenager dead.

The concert happened on a piece of property in the Deas Hill community just off Rivers Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said multiple shooters were involved; 14 people were injured.

14-year-old Ronjanae Smith was killed.

News 2 spoke with Smith’s father on Monday, but he did not want to appear on camera. Instead, he released the following statement:

“The hurt I have for the loss of Ronjanae can only be described as defeat. The fact that I will no longer be able to get a simple ‘I love you daddy’ text, or be able to FaceTime with her, or simply hit the ‘like’ button on a post she makes is disheartening. Mass shootings aren’t secluded to ‘poverty-stricken areas.’  Violence and/or Ignorance doesn’t reside in one area nor does it reside with a particular race. We lost 9 praying people in a place of the lord by Dylan Roof. 12 people were killed at a movie theater in Colorado by James Holmes. 2 people lost their lives yesterday at a New Jersey house party. Someone was killed at Vibez nightclub with security and Several Law enforcement officers outside so it’s not the club owners fault, its the individuals who have intent to hurt people at all cost with no regard for human life or the Law. Ronjanae’s mother Katrina Sinclair and myself would like to keep the focus on finding the perpetrators responsible for not only murdering our daughter but hurting the other children that will now have to deal with constant trauma of the site of murder and loud gun shots. Let’s not deflect away from the real issue by giving attention to a drunk fest or an unauthorized party. We must come together as a community and stop this violence. We’d like to thank the police department for working tirelessly in this on going investigation. We’d like to thank all of our friends for the support as well as the community for the great outpouring of well wishes and prayers. Katrina and I aren’t seeking revenge, were seeking accountability. We ask that no one act out of retaliation as we have put this senseless act in God’s hand. If you want to honor Ronjanae honor her with prayer, honor her with togetherness. Honor her with becoming more educated. Honor her by not being hateful and most importantly honor her by being a positive community that can stop violence by all means necessary. Please respect our privacy as we grieve. 

Smith said he will be meeting with Chief Burgess on Monday afternoon and plans to talk more about his daughter and the shooting later.

According to the report, Smith was the youngest of the 15 victims. Seven of the victims were minors.

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