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Man Found Fatally Shot in Wrecked Car on Thanksgiving


Aiken police are investigating how an out-of-town driver ended up dead after he was found with a gunshot wound inside a car that wrecked into a tree on Thanksgiving morning.

Ty’Netrum J. Smoakes, 34, of Fairfax, S.C., was found with at least one gunshot wound to the body in the driver seat of a Toyota Camry that crashed into a tree on Park Avenue at Fairfield Street in Aiken. He was found about 1:50 a.m. Thursday, Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said in a press release.

The victim was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers where he was pronounced deceased from his injuries, Ables said. The Coroner’s Office along with the Aiken Department of Public Safety are continuing with the investigation. No arrest or suspect description has been announced.

Family and friends were mourning Smoakes’ death online and posting messages under one of the victim’s last Facebook messages, which said “Ni**as dying every day and I don’t know why but I will never let another ni**a take my life.”

Pamela Terry posted this reaction: “Imma Miss you bro in law! Just know the Aunties got your baby girl. She is so hurt, we are praying that justice will be Served. Thank you for being a Great Father to our Niece an More like a Brother to Us! Ty Get your Rest.”

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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