The 2015 death of Stephen Smith may be linked to numerous other deaths surrounding Alex Murdaugh.
The 2015 death of Stephen Smith may be linked to Alex Murdaugh.
Stephen’s mother and the family’s attorney believe that Stephen was murdered. Stephen was found dead on July 8, 2015 with gashes to his head. His car was found three miles away, and his death was ruled a hit-and-run, but his mother, Sandy Smith has always thought that her son was murdered. She has also went without support from the community until just recently when Susanne Andrews, the founder of #StandingforStephen, raised funds for the headstone for Stephen Smith.
The Smith family attorney, Mike Hemlepp told PEOPLE, “Here she is seven years later, still hanging in there, still going strong, still ready to do whatever it takes to find the answers. Sandy and I both believe that this was a murder. We’ve made no secret about what our goal is. Whoever did this to Stephen should go to prison. If anyone helped cover up what happened, they should be held accountable”.
Susanne Andrews said, “My son will be 18 in November, and I just couldn’t imagine in six years that no one had come to Stephen’s mom’s aid for memorializing her son. That no family, no community, no friends, no one had come to help her try to get a headstone. This is about a child that deserves to be memorialized and commemorated, and a mother to have support that she hadn’t had”. People also reported that Stephen is buried close to his brother who died as a baby. “Stephen’s getting his final resting place honored and recognized,” says Andrews.
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