GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – The mother of an 18-year-old who was shot and killed in May during a robbery at his apartment said he posted a video showing how much money he got in a settlement after a bad crash just days before his death.
On Friday, Greenville police announced multiple arrests in the case.
Police said the shooting death of 18-year-old Udeh Joshua Prince Osuwagu, Jr. was the first homicide case of 2019 within city limits. He was killed just weeks before he was scheduled to graduate high school.
Investigators said Osuwagu was found with a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Waterside Greene apartments off Woodruff Road on May 11. He was taken to the hospital and later died.
Police said three armed men entered Osuwagu's apartment around 3 a.m. and demanded money. When the victim did not comply, police said one of the intruders shot him on his couch.
On Friday, police said Darius Rhodes, 18, Natasha Booker, 17, Tommy Lee Long, 21, and Jaylan Fair, 24, were charged with murder, burglary first degree, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, assault and battery first degree, conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
A fifth suspect, Jevonda Dillard, 17, was also charged with accessory after the fact to murder, police said.
Police said their investigation revealed a post Osuwagu made on social media prompted a robbery scheme, which in turn led to the deadly shooting.
Osuwagu's family was present at City Hall Friday morning when police announced the arrests.
His mother, Kimberly Norman, spoke after the announcement.
"He had his whole life ahead of him," Norman said of her son.
She also said she had forgiven all the suspects.
"In order for God to forgive me, I had to forgive them," Norman said.
Norman later spoke to FOX Carolina's Kayla Conboy and revealed the social media post which investigators believed led to his death was a video showing a large amount of money. She said he received a settlement after a 2016 car accident that claimed the life of one of Osuwagu's friends and left him in critical condition.
Norman said Osuwagu was planning to deposit the money in the bank the following Monday, but he was killed on Saturday morning.
Greenville police said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.
Greenville County deputies confirmed Friday that Jaylan Fair is also charged with murder in the January killing of a Greenville County man.
Fair was not arrested in that case until after Osuwagu's killing.