1 of 3 persons of interest in Florence County double homicide in custody

Pee Dee Crime

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — One of three persons of interest is in custody Wednesday night after two people in a car were shot and killed Tuesday, according to booking records.

Deputies believe 27-year-old Rahiem Rajuan Taylor may be connected to Tuesday’s shooting. The sheriff’s office also said he was wanted for attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Taylor is facing those charges in connection with a shooting on March 24 in Timmonsville where he’s accused of shooting into a vehicle that had a family, including three children, inside of it. Taylor and the victim knew each other, according to a police report obtained by News13.

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Rahiem Rajuan Taylor (Courtesy: Florence County Detention Center)

Lydia Thompson, 18, of Florence, and Malik Askins, 24, of Timmonsville, were inside a vehicle on Tuesday evening when someone fired shots into the vehicle, according to officials. Both of them died, the coroner reported on Wednesday. Authorities are calling it a double homicide.

Their bodies are scheduled for autopsies Thursday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Florence County Sheriff T.J. Joye said the shooting happened before 6 p.m. on Highway 76 near Alligator Road.

Two other persons of interest are still wanted.

Johnathan Antwan Boone, 18, of Timmonsville, is wanted for two different cases of four counts of attempted murder and one count of discharging a firearm into a dwelling, according to deputies. Boone is also wanted in connection with the March 24 shooting in Timmonsville.

Johnathan Boone (Source: Florence County Sheriff’s Office)

Kadeem Cleveland McFadden, 21, of Lake City, is wanted for three different cases of three counts of attempted murder, the unlawful carrying of a pistol, pointing and presenting a firearm and for possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Kadeem McFadden (Source: Florence County Sheriff’s Office)

The persons of interest are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, according to deputies.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (843) 665-2121 ext. 327, or through the “Submit-A-Tip” feature on the Florence County Sheriff Office’s app. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee by downloading the “P3 Tips” app or by calling (888) 274-6372. A tip leading to an arrest of the persons involved in the case could lead to a $1,000 reward.

Count on News13 for updates to this developing story.

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