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Mother: 'I wanted great things for Shaylynn'

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By Stacy Jacobson
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- At her home Monday, Sharon Capers looked through pictures of happier times with her daughter Shaylynn.

The 17-year-old went to jail Friday for allegedly driving a stolen car with stolen guns inside. Hanahan Police said she led them on a chase that ended with two dead passengers. Capers faces several charges including two counts of reckless homicide.

"I wanted great things for Shaylynn. She did, too," her mother said. "She kept telling me, ‘Yeah mama, I'm going to make you proud. I'm going to go in the military. I'm going to do this for you.'"

Her mother said she liked to fix things and wanted to be an engineer. She also said she was raised in the church. But in the last year, her daughter started hanging out with a different crowd, she said.

"Sometimes when you get out there, peer pressure, sometimes you cannot handle it," Sharon Capers said.

Dashboard-camera video from the crash plays audio of an officer asking Shaylynn Capers why she did not stop. Between tears Shaylynn Capers said her friends "told [her] not to."

Sharon Capers said she talked to her daughter twice since she went to jail. She said Shaylynn was sorry for what happened, and wished she could take it back.

But Sharon Capers knew that would not be possible for the families of the two men who died in the crash. She said she didn't know the young men her daughter was in the car with last Wednesday, but was sorry for their families.

"Our hearts go out to them. I'm sorry for their loss. I am. I pray God will take them through this," she said.

She said her family did not know what came next; the family does not have a lawyer and she had trouble getting information from the courts.

But, Shaylynn Capers did still have one thing: her mother's unconditional love. She shared a message with other parents.

"Continue to teach your children, continue to encourage them as a parent do whatever you need to do for them. Don't give up on them regardless of what they walk through or have to deal with. Still be a parent to them," she said.

She said she hoped what happened to Shaylynn could be a warning for others her age who could make the same mistake.


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