Editor’s note: This story has been updated after the Horry County Coroner’s Office corrected the spelling of the victim’s name.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — One of four people wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach has died, according to police.

Myrtle Beach police are continuing to investigate the shooting, which happened about 1:30 a.m. in the area of 12th Avenue North and Withers Alley. One person remains in the hospital and two others were released after being treated, police said Sunday morning.

The victim was identified as 17-year-old DyQuavyon Dickens, of Florence, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy. Dickens died at the Grand Strand Medical Center.

Dickens was a football player at South Florence High School.

“We are devastated by the loss of Quay,” South Florence High School Coach Drew Marlowe posted on Facebook. “Quay was a beloved member of our football team and school. Quay was also a beloved member of my family. He politely spoke to my wife after every practice, held all three of my children on a regular basis, and ate at my dinner table. He was one of my son’s favorite players and always took time to acknowledge him. Quay was full of life, and at times, larger than life.”

Marlowe called the death a “tragic loss.”

“He will be missed,” Marlowe wrote. “Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Marlowe’s post had been shared more than 385 times, as of noon Monday.

Dickens’ grandparents are pastors at Antioch Fellowship Church. They shared the following statement:

“It Is With Extreme Sadness, We Announce the Transition of DyQuavyon Dickens, affectionately known as “Quay” on April 24, 2022. Quay is the Grandson of Dr. Jeff and Paster Gwen Harris and son of Daryl “Mook” Jones. We ask that you keep the Jones, Dickens and Harris’ Families in your prayers.”

Officers responded to the area after hearing gunshots in the area, police said in a Facebook post. When they arrived, they found the victims, who were all taken to the hospital.

Police said all of the people involved are from the Florence County area but no other details have been released.

Anyone with information, videos or photos is asked to call MBPD at 843-918-1382 and reference report number 22-007217. You can also email intelunit@cityofmyrtlebeach.com. Information can remain anonymous.


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