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Murdered Florence Zaxby’s manager 'wasn't supposed to be there that night'

Dontavious Shaw in court on Wednesday, March 14. (Tonya Brown/WPDE)

The mother of 31-year-old Kevin Parker says he was saving to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend when he was killed Sunday morning near the Zaxby's on South Irby Street in Florence where he worked as an assistant manager.

Doreen Parker made the comments during a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon for 18-year-old Dontavious Shaw who is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, kidnapping and armed robbery in Parker’s death.

Florence City Municipal Judge Linward C. Edwards II denied bond for Shaw on the armed robbery and kidnapping charges, but set bond at $20,000 on the charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Shaw will go before a Florence County Magistrate Judge later Wednesday afternoon to be arraigned on the murder charge.

Parker said her son was a great person who didn’t deserve to die that way.

"My son moved down here a few years ago to start his life. He was so excited. He was a great kid. He was a college graduate. He was my only son. He was saving for a ring for his girlfriend. Our next plan was to have our wedding for him,” said Parker.

She said her son loved his job and was a very hard worker.

“He was the assistant manager there. You know, he wasn't supposed to be there that night. He stayed because someone else couldn't come in. Everybody I talked to down here loved him," she said.

Parker told the judge her son knew Shaw because he also worked at Zaxby’s.

“I'm thinking they knew one another. I'm understanding that this young man worked there. And I don't understand. My son would have given the shirt off his back to anyone. And he did that on many different occasions. Many people told us that.”

She added her son’s death has devastated their family.

“I just want justice served for him. We're just kind of in a blur right now. We don't know what to do. We never expected this. You're not supposed to put your child down before you go. He just turned 31,” said Parker.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team assisted Florence police in arresting Shaw late Tuesday night.

Police have released very little information about the investigation.

Officers said they can’t release the incident report because it’s part of an ongoing investigation.

Shaw is being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

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