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2015 Herman Gaston

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Shortly after 11:00 PM on May 5, 2015, 34-year-old Herman Gaston left his apartment in University Park, Bluffton to drive to a nearby gas station.

Moments after Herman left, several witnesses heard a loud “bang” and screeching tires.

Beaufort County Sheriff Deputies responded to a reported vehicle crash at Parkside Way and University Parkway.

When deputies and fire medics arrived, it was apparent that Herman had been shot. Paramedics could not revive him, and he died at the scene. There were no witnesses to the shooting, but people observed a black sedan in the University Park area around the time of the incident.

Investigators learned that Gaston engaged in low-level marijuana dealing and that may have been the motive for his murder. The subjects responsible for Gaston’s shooting death have not been identified.