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SLED makes arrest in fatal Abbeville County shooting

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Brent Michael Johnson (Source: Abbeville County Sheriff's Office) Brent Michael Johnson (Source: Abbeville County Sheriff's Office)
Zelrvic Jequain Tinch. (Source: Family). Zelrvic Jequain Tinch. (Source: Family).
Zelrvic Jequain Tinch. (Source: Family). Zelrvic Jequain Tinch. (Source: Family).
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

SLED said an arrest has been made in a deadly Abbeville County shooting.

Per the coroner, dispatch received a call for a gunshot victim on Kennedy Street in Calhoun Falls at 1:27 a.m. on Nov. 26.

When the coroner, Abbeville County Deputies, Calhoun Falls Chief of Police and EMS arrived on scene they located a male with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The coroner identified the individual as 27-year-old Zelrvic Jequain Tinch. He was pronounced dead on scene at 2:35 a.m. His cause of death was ruled a homicide.

His father said Tinch leaves behind two sons, ages eight and nine. 

"It's not right, not fair that you are burying your own child," the father said. "It's a hurtful feeling." 

Jimmy Tinch said his phone has been ringing off the hook, calls are flooding in from family and friends. The father said it's no surprise, he said his son was deeply loved.

"He had an outgoing personality, he was funny," Tinch said. "Everybody that met him liked him because he was very friendly, he knew how to make people laugh. Everybody knew him and everybody liked him so I don't know why someone would take his life."

A father desperate for answers and for justice. Tinch said his son had friends over to watch a football game that night, and all he knows is that when he came home his house was in shamble, blood was on the kitchen floor and his son's television was still on. Now the father has a message for those responsible.

"That's why it hurt because he let you in and you took advantage of it," Tinch said. "You're supposed to be a friend to him and you came to watch the game, but you had another motive, you came to take his life. So I think that's what's shocking about it."

SLED confirmed on Tuesday an arrest has been made in connection with the case. Brent Michael Johnson, 22, is charged with murder in connection with Tinch's death.

According to the arrest warrant, a shotgun was use in the crime.

The father said he will stay in constant communication with investigators, he said the recent arrest is a start but it's not even close to the end. That's what Tinch wants his beloved son to know.

"We will get justice for you," Tinch said. "Those that took your life, we're not going to rest."

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