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Shots Fired to Raise Money for the Family of Alex Apps

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Friends and family of Alex Apps gathered at Duncan Farms outside of Beaufort to raise money for his family, and awareness for a crime they call senseless.

"This was a horrific crime. This did not have to happen," Jeff Duncan said.

Duncan, of the Beaufort chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), hosted the turkey shoot to help Apps' family.

Each shot fired at the target earned $3 for his mother. The Facebook group, 'Justice for Alex Apps' sold T-shirts, too.

"No one ever thought that this would have happened to someone as nice and genuine as him," says Emily Brown. 

Investigators say Apps was shot and killed when he tried to sell his truck to two men through Craigslist. They say Apps dealt with the men over the Internet, where they faked interest in the truck.

According to investigators, Apps was then shot during a test drive, after he met-up with the men in Mount Pleasant.

This hits close to home, for Duncan.

"When I heard what happened to Alex, and how tragic it was, it really shocked me that could've happened to me or anybody else," Duncan says. "A few weeks ago I was looking for a truck and I went through Craigslist. I sold mine on Craigslist."

Throughout the investigation, Beaufort County Sheriff P. J. Tanner said neither Apps nor his mother detected danger in the deal, beforehand.

"She knew there was a lot of interest, and she knew they were meeting for the purpose of selling the truck, so she was not uncomfortable in this meeting," Tanner said.  

So friends, family, and the Beaufort NWTF want people to realize there can be danger in dealing with things over the Internet, like Craigslist.

"We're focused on raising awareness for these senseless crimes, the killing for no reason. I mean, in this event, Alex's only mistake was in being a nice guy," Brown says.  

And they want justice for a man who they say had his life taken too soon.

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