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Family mourns death of teen

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COLUMBUS COUNTY -- A medical examiner has confirmed 14-year-old Rashed Delamez Jones, whose body was found Wednesday in Columbus County, was shot to death. As investigators search for a killer, a family prepares to bury the boy. Sabrina Vereen is the victim's stepsister. She said, "This is a letter that his eight-year-old sister wrote for him and it says, dear God, I want you to take care of my brother please." Family members of Jones gathered at his mother's house Thursday night to remember a child whose life was taken. Earlier in the day they visited the place where the 14-year-old's body was found. Chris Ellis, the victim's cousin, said, "The family is just relieved there's some type of closure now. They finally found him." While Jones can soon be laid to rest, hearts are still heavy as family members try to understand why someone would murder a child. Melanie Can'ty is the victim's aunt. She said, "A 14-year-old, I mean what kind of a man is that? A child, not even in his prime, I mean, he had so many opportunities." Thanksgiving was tough with Jones missing, but the family still had hope. Christmas will be even harder knowing he won't be coming back. Jones's sister, Tatyana Freeman, said, "I love you, Delamez. Rest in peace." Because of the ongoing autopsy the family has not been able to make funeral arrangements. There has been speculation Jones may have been killed because he knew something about a murder in September in Lake Waccamaw. Columbus County investigators, though, say they have not been able to prove that. Meantime police sources tell us they may be close to making a second arrest in the Lake Waccamaw murder.

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