Jordan Parson

Denmark Technical College freshman Jordan Parson, a basketball player from Homestead, Florida, was shot and killed April 6 at an off-campus event.

Denmark Technical College students and staff held an informal memorial event on Monday night to honor 20-year-old Jordan Parson, who was shot to death Saturday morning at an off-campus event.

A formal memorial service will be held for the freshman basketball player at a later date, DTC spokesman Anne Kline said.

"We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Mr. Jordan Parson, a freshman associate in science major from Homestead, Florida,” the college said in a prepared statement.

S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents are investigating the shooting incident that led to his death. Two others were injured, one of them also a Denmark Tech basketball player, WIS-TV reported.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said on Monday that the deadly shooting happened at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

The incident started with an argument at a rental hall at 199 S. Magnolia Avenue in Denmark, he said. The argument spilled out in to the roadway.

“Shots were fired,” Berry said.

Two people, including Parson, were struck by bullets and a third person was injured by shrapnel.

The other person with a gunshot wound was taken to Prisma Health Richland, Berry said.

The person who was injured by shrapnel was treated and released.

No suspects have been charged in the incident.

“Our work is continuing,” Berry said.

Denmark Technical College Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall said the college has, “security officers closely monitoring who is coming onto campus.”

“Our public safety officers are taking additional measures to make sure the campus, our faculty, students and staff are safe. We have also asked the Denmark Police Department to add the campus to their patrol area for the time being. We are advising our students that when they do have to leave the campus to be very careful, be aware of their surroundings and when it is possible, not to travel alone.”

In its prepared statement, the college said the, “Denmark Technical College family and local clergy are available to assist students, faculty and staff.

“We invite your thoughts and prayers for the Parson family during this difficult time."

SLED is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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