Greenwood investigators work 2nd murder-suicide in week - FOX Carolina 21

Greenwood investigators work 2nd murder-suicide in week

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An Upstate mother is dead in another murder-suicide in Greenwood County. It's the second in one week in the area, and her loved ones are in disbelief.

Felicia Rayford's death was a shock to her family and friends, and even investigators said struggling to figure out what happened between she and Charles Belcher, 46, early Tuesday morning.

Greenwood County investigators said they were called just before 1 a.m. and told that Rayford had been shot at her home in Hodges. Then they got a call from Abbeville County about Belcher, who was also found dead at his home in Donalds. They said he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

John Long, spokesman for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, said investigators hit a wall in uncovering more details.

"We don't like to speculate in law enforcement, but you have to just use your imagination and try to put the pieces together," said Long.

Rayford's family called her murder "senseless."

Dozens of siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends gathered Tuesday afternoon. They shared memories about the woman they called "LeeLee" and called her "joyful."

"(It will) maybe set in next week or maybe even next year because her presence will definitely be missed, especially around the holidays; she's a full spirit. You can always tell she's there," said Rayford's cousin, Darnell Louden.

"I'm going to miss not only a close friend, but I'm going to miss the sister. You know, the laughter, the hanging out, just enjoying each other, every weekend, the phone calls," said the victim's close friend, Marilyn Rayford.

The family said they're holding each other up, especially because many of them said they don't even know who Belcher was.

Investigators said there may have been a past relationship, but it's hard to know what could have gone on between them.

Deputies said they wish they could prevent things like this from happening, but believe that, unfortunately, "there may be many more [of these situations]."

Long said he hopes people in the community will be aware of potentially dangerous relationships around them and let authorities know so that they can intervene before more people are killed.

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