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Orangeburg teen accused of killing 17-year-old on Whitman Street
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Orangeburg teen accused of killing 17-year-old on Whitman Street

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An Orangeburg teen has been charged with murder in Sunday afternoon’s shooting death on Whitman Street.

Kari Kayshon Ryant, 17, of 2554 Russell St., was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the death of 17-year old Orangeburg resident Na-Ja Shelby Sanders.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety arrest warrants allege Ryant shot Sanders in the back of the head at 5:28 p.m. on Whitman Street near Plywood Street. The incident was captured on video.

Ryant was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said Sanders lived on Walker Avenue in Orangeburg. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13.

Ryant was arraigned Monday and his case was forwarded to circuit court for a future trial date.

He turned himself in without incident and is currently being held at the Orangeburg County Detention Center, according to ODPS Captain Alfred Alexander.

Alexander said the motive of the shooting remains unclear at this time.

Police responded to the 1300 block of Whitman Street on Sunday after receiving a call about a male in the roadway, according to an ODPS incident report.

Attempts to revive Sanders on the scene were unsuccessful.

A cousin said he received a text message from Sanders at around 4:58 p.m. asking him to “come get me,” according to the report.

Sanders never told the cousin his location. The cousin later received a call stating his cousin had been shot.

According to the incident report, Sanders was seen earlier with an unknown male subject walking in the direction of John C. Calhoun Drive and Bleakly Street.

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