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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Man shot fatally outside his home: Victim a registered S.C. sex offender!

12-24-2003 North Carolina:
Bleeding from a gunshot wound to the face, a 22-year-old man stumbled into his James Island home early Tuesday, collapsed and died in front of his father, Charleston police said. Bernard Hamilton told police he awoke to gunfire at 12:45 a.m. and heard banging on the front door of his Westwood Drive home, said Lt. Richard Moser.

When he opened the door, he found his son, Tracy Bernard Hamilton, wounded, he said. "His son said, 'I've been shot,' and then he collapsed on the floor and died," Moser said.. Hamilton appeared to have been shot in the driveway of the home, which is in the Westchester subdivision, Moser said. Investigators have no suspects or motive in the slaying, he said. ..more.. : by GLENN SMITH, The Post & Courier Staff


Carolina Cold Case: Holiday Homicide
12-8-2005 North Carolina:
James Island, SC - Police are questioning if winnings from a card game triggered a holiday homicide. The deadly Christmas-time crime remains unsolved after nearly 2 years. ABC News 4 opens the file of Tracey Hamilton and searches for answers, in tonight's Carolina Cold Case.

His friends called him "Fuddy." Tracey Bernard Hamilton, a loving son...with a son of his own...a child he'll never get to spend Christmas with. "He was a nice kind fella, who helped anybody he could have helped, trusted anybody he could have trust," says his father, Tracey Hamilton Senior. "Christmas is very hard, very hard," says his mother, Wilhelmina Hamilton.

Just two days before the holiday...December 23, 2003, the Hamilton's witnessed the worst night of their lives. Hamilton Sr. remembers hearing a shot in the middle of the night, but he thought it was a firecracker. He never imagined his son had been shot outside his home.

Hamilton was smoking a cigarette with his cousin outside his James Island home on Westwood Drive. Around 12:45 A-M, the two noticed a white honda accord creep past the house. When the car slowly turned around and drove back towards the driveway, concern set in. The car with two black males inside stopped in front of the house.

"One of the assailants exits the vehicle and approaches the two and as he approaches, my witness takes off running to the back of the house, leaving the victim here," recalls City of Charleston Detective Richard Burckhardt. Hamilton was shot in the head and allegedly robbed, but managed to stumble toward the house. His father, Tracey Hamilton Senior, awakened by the noise, went to the front door and found his dying son.

"He just said, they shot me and we hear the footsteps running through the yard and we hear a guy voice," said Hamilton Sr.

Hamilton reportedly attended a card game hours before he was killed. Information about Hamilton winning money in that game leads investigators to believe robbery was the motive. "They knew he was out here at this time and that he had something they wanted...that's what makes the most sense right now," said Burckhardt.

A likely motive to a senseless crime, keeping little Tracy Hamilton from ever knowing his dad. Hamilton's mother can hardly hold back the tears. "It just breaks your heart, every night, some nights you want to cry but you can't cry, it hurts more than people think, somedays you wanna cry some days you just hold it in."

Police want to know who "Fuddy" was playing cards with that December night. It's information that could lead detectives to the killer and bring closure to Tracy Hamilton's family this Christmas. ..more.. by Sarah DeMarco

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