RICHLAND COUNTY, SC. (THECOUNT) — Sha’Neal Brown has been identified as the South Carolina high school student fatally shot by her father in Richland County Thursday night. Brown’s elderly grandmother was also killed in the shooting.

Brown, 18, and her 83-year-old grandmother, Jessie Brown, were both shot to death by Rafael Brown, the teen’s father.


According to reports, officials with the Richland County School District One said that Sha’Neal Brown and her grandmother were both fatally shot Thursday night by Rafael Brown, who is now facing double-murder charges.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reports it was called regarding a domestic situation involving a weapon that evening at a home. Deputies found two bodies inside the house, later identified as Sha’neal Brown and her grandmother, reports WLBT.

Officials said Rafael Brown was taken into custody at the scene and booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Principal Walters released the following statement after Sha’neal Brown was identified:

“Everybody knew her. She was a well-known student who was well-liked and involved in several service and extracurricular activities. She assisted in the school counseling office and in the library, and she was a special assistant and mentee to our school social worker. She was also a member of our marching band’s dance team and a member of the Shamrockettes girls mentoring group. Our hearts are truly broken.”


Geo quick facts: Richland County is located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 384,504, making it the second-most populous county in South Carolina, behind only Greenville County. The 2019 estimated population was 415,759. The county seat and largest city is Columbia, the state capital – Wikipedia.