Charge against Loris man accused of shooting high school student upgraded to murder


LORIS, SC (WBTW) –  The manslaughter charge against a Loris man accused in the shooting death of a Loris high school senior has been upgraded to murder.

Aaron Miguel Vereen, 18, of Loris, had been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of high school student Martrellyiz “Trez” Vereen, 18. The two are not related.

Aaron Vereen now faces a murder charge, according to Horry County police spokesperson Mikayla Moskov. He remains in jail without bond because of a prior armed robbery outside of the jurisdiction. 

Aaron Vereen was involved in a “verbal altercation” with Martrellyiz Vereen at the St. Stephen A.M.E. Church Cemetery on Monday when the argument escalated to a physical fight, according to the arrest warrant. Aaron Verren produced a handgun and shot Martrellyiz several times, police said.

Martrellyiz Vereen was a senior at Loris High School set to graduate in June. His family, who lives in Longs, said he always had a smile on his face. His family said Vereen was in the R.O.T.C. program and wanted to join the military.

Vereen was an usher at Freemont Baptist Church in Longs. 

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