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Candlelight vigil planned for murder victim

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Hancock is seen here with his teen son. Hancock is seen here with his teen son.

By Nikki Gaskins
ngaskins@abcnews4.com

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV)—Nearly two weeks after a Summerville man was gunned down in his own mother's driveway, the victim's family is preparing for a candlelight vigil in his memory.

John Elliott Hancock, 36, was shot to death on October 4, 2012. So far, Summerville police have made no arrests in the case.

A vigil is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wassamassaw Community Park in Summerville. The victim's sister, Barbara Williams, says the vigil is not only meant to honor her brother's memory but also urge the community to stop the violence.

"Anytime I needed John, John was there," said Williams.

Days after her baby brother's murder Williams and her family are still trying to understand why and who would take his life.

"He was a sweet person. He could have been a comedian. All he ever wanted to do was make people laugh," said Williams. "John didn't have any enemies."

Police say Hancock was outside his mom's house late one night on Lilac Drive, talking to two people when a car drove up.

"They drove up, parked and started shooting. It must've been like two or three because one was driving and one jumped in the back seat," said Williams.

On behalf of Hancock's family, Louis Smith is spearheading a vigil to not only remember the tragedy that claimed a young man's life but also bring awareness to an issue Smith says is becoming all too common nationwide.

"We in the minority community have to get together and say we need to stop the violence," said Smith. "Right now we need to reflect, find out what's going on and change it. We're tired of the kids being traumatized by reckless violence."

As days go by with still few answers, Williams and her family remain hopeful that her brother's untimely death doesn't go unpunished.

"They need to be behind bars before they hurt somebody else," said Williams.

Hancock leaves behind a 16-year-old son. If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call Summerville Police at (843) 875-1650.

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