A football memorial is placed in Daniel Smith's yard. (Aug. 31, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Deputies continue to investigate a triple shooting in Easley. (Aug. 31, 2012/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Deputies said a man shot his wife and 15-year-old stepson to death before killing himself at the family's home in Easley on Thursday night.
Pickens County deputies were called to 2423 Saluda Dam Rd. after the teen called 911 and said he had been shot.
When deputies arrived within six minutes, they said they found 42-year-old Sandy Smith with a gunshot wound to the upper chest then they found the boy, Daniel Smith, lying in a bedroom with a gunshot wound under his chin.
As investigators searched the home for the shooter or more victims, they heard a shot go off outside, according to Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan.
Morgan said they found 61-year-old William Thomas about 75 yards from the home and he shot himself in the head.
Neighbors told FOX Carolina they did not hear gunshots.
"Never really thought it would happen around here," said neighbor Brent Fox. "Don't really know what to think to be honest with you."
Smith's brother told FOX Carolina that the teen was a JV football player and freshman at Easley High School. He said the couple had been married for about 10 years.
Thomas is the stepfather to Daniel Smith and was married to Sandy Smith, deputies said.
According to the incident report, Daniel Smith's girlfriend and father arrived at the home at the same time as deputies to pick up Daniel to get him out of the house after he had texted her that something was going on between his mom and stepdad, and he might fight his stepdad.
Deputies said they shootings appear to have stemmed from an ongoing domestic situation and their investigation is ongoing.
Easley High School's Athletic Director Chris Carter said at the school's football game at Seneca High School Friday night, both teams will meet in the middle of the field to honor Daniel before kickoff.
Family told FOX Carolina that Daniel had played in Easley's JV home game against Seneca on Thursday night prior to the shooting. Daniel was also on the wrestling team.
"Daniel was, as we say on the field, 'wide open.' Everything that he did he did with complete excitement and energy, always trying to do his best," JV Football Coach Andrew Appenheimer said. "He made an immediate impression by holding himself to a very high standard on the field. Daniel will be missed, and I think the best way we can honor him is by holding ourselves to the same high standard he set for himself."
"Daniel Smith was a person high on life. He was the kid that always made people laugh," said Jeff Harris, EHS Head Wrestling Coach. "Daniel wrestled last year in 8th grade and had potential to be in the varsity line up this year as a freshman. Daniel was a hard worker, good kid, and always listened."
Easley High teachers said Daniel always had a smile in class and stood out for his friendliness.
"Please remember the EHS family as we deal with the tragic death of one of our student athletes," Principal Tim Mullis said. "The loss of life is always tough, but it is extremely difficult when it involves a young person. Daniel will be missed in the classroom and on the playing fields."
Grief counselors were on hand at the school Friday. Plans have not yet been made for a school memorial or vigil in Daniel's honor.
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