‘It does hurt’: Rock Hill community mourns three teens killed during weekend violence

Remembering teens killed in violent weekend

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - A community came together Tuesday night days after a violent weekend left three teenagers dead in Rock Hill.

Police say two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old were shot in two separate instances.

As of this point, police say the shootings don’t appear to be connected.

“It does hurt, it absolutely hurts,” said Dr. Candace Brewer.

Dr. Brewer knows the feeling of what it is like to lose loved ones to gun violence.

“I’ve lost 12 family members to gun violence, so I understand the family’s pain,” Brewer said.

But finding the answer to stop all the violence isn’t a simple solution.

“We just have to love on our children because this hurts, and it happens more than usual,” Brewer told WBTV.

Brewer and dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil on Tuesday at Rock Hill’s Fountain Park.

They were there to unite and heal from the pain of losing three teens who were shot within three hours apart Saturday night.

“We’ve got to come together in unity and figure it out because the only thing that’s going to save us is love.” said one of the speakers.

On Saturday night, shots were fired along Byars Street just off Dave Lyles Boulevard in Rock Hill, just before 7 p.m.

Zyon Minton, 17, and Digarian Foster, 18, were shot. They both were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Then, just three hours later, 18-year-old Paul Harts was shot. He didn’t survive either.

“Zyon changed me as much as I changed him,” said Brandy Miller, who was Zyon Minton’s teacher at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill. “He was loyal, he was true, he was hard-working and he stuck to his word.”

To remember Zyon and the other two victims, friends, family and community members lit candles and released balloons.

But, most importantly, they decided this can’t happen again, not in Rock Hill.

“Senseless gun violence it needs to stop,” said Brewer.

So far, no arrests have been made in either one of these cases.

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