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Loris area mourns teen’s tragic death

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

By Jennifer Boyd
Once again, Loris is grieving a tragic death of one of its own, Spencer Nolan Prince. Prince, who was a 16 year-old Loris High School student, was gunned down during an argument last Sunday morning on Good Luck Road in Aynor. On the following day, 47 year old Michael Williamson was charged with his death, along with Nathan Bell of Loris being charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to jail reports. Bell was charged with driving the teens to Williamson’s resident after an altercation. This altercation began, according to records, with the suspect’s son that escalated to a full-blown deadly argument. A broken pool stick, boat paddle and broken broomstick were laid around the deadly area.
Williamson is a resident of Aynor and resides on Good Luck Road where the incident occurred. He was being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conwayuntil his bond was set for $110,00 and Bell’s bond being set at $50,000 around 3:30pm last Tuesday. Williamson’s charges include assault, assault and battery first degree, voluntary manslaughter, possession of a weapon during a violent crime if not also sentenced to life without parole or death. He is rumored to have hired Attorney Morgan Martin.
Last Monday at 6pm, hundreds of Prince’s friends met at the boat landing in the Red Bluff Road community to pay their respects by forming a parade to ride by Loris High School and through the city of Loris that Prince called his home. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd as everyone remembered Prince and the great young man he was while living a short life of 16 years.So many of Prince’s friends spoke of the genuine kindness and love he had for everyone. He was also a fantastic baseball player and… “could have easily received a full baseball scholarship and eventually played as a pro athlete,” according to Caleb West. West is a senior at ATA. Madeline Brunson, another of Prince’s friends, said, “He always had a smile on his face. He was happy-go-lucky and would give you the shirt off his back. That’s who he was, always joking with everyone.” Prince was also active in the FFA, enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a truck enthusiast. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
Neil Prince, Prince’s father, said, “We thank everyone for the outpouring of love, prayers, phone calls, texts, food and everything else I can’t think of right now. You can’t begin to know how much we love you all and appreciate you. We’ve truly seen how much Spencer Prince was loved and thought so highly by so many people, young, middle aged and older. This has done our hearts so much good. This has been a nightmare whirlwind that we’ve been waiting to wake up from. There’s been so much to take in at a short amount of time. Please continue to pray for our family as it is difficult to muster up prayers right now because of the why’s, anger and unanswered questions right now. There are going to be darker days ahead and please pray justice will prevail. Please do not make yourself strangers, now or afterwards, as we want to celebrate Spencer’s life taken way too soon.”
Funeral services for Prince are today at 11 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church located at 3160 Highway 45 in Loris. The Reverends Robert Lewis and Roger Small will officiate. Prince is the son of Samuel “Neil” Prince and Tiffiny Nichole Richardson Prince. He is also survived by Jonah Prince, his brother, grandparents Lynda Prince Todd, Kim Todd and Donnie and Rita Richardson and a great-grandmother, Ruth M. Baker. Memorials may be made to the Spencer Prince Memorial Fund at any Anderson Brothers Bank.

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