Former Ohio resident found shot, killed in S.C. park

Victim left Ohio two months ago for an opportunity to work a government job in a mini-mart.
MCT Regional News
Sep 23, 2013

Two months ago, William Kuhn, 40, who was legally blind, moved from Middletown to Charleston, S.C., for an opportunity to work a government job in a mini-mart, his family said.

“He was very excited,” said his sister, Dreama Allen, who lives in Huber Heights, a Dayton suburb.

But on Wednesday night, Kuhn was found shot in the back of his head at a Goose Creek, S.C., park. The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office ruled his death a homicide.

“I really didn’t believe this happened,” Allen said Saturday night. “I still don’t. It really hurts. He was my baby brother.”

The family said Kuhn, because of his physical disabilities, was only permitted to drive during the day. Allen and her brother George Kuhn Jr., who lives in Las Vegas, don’t know what Kuhn was doing in the park or if he was there alone.

Goose Creek police said a group of children on bikes found Kuhn on the ground in Dogwood Park about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The children apparently called out to the man, but he did not respond. One of the children called his father, who told him to call 911, according to the police incident report.

Police said the children reported seeing a red Ford F-150 pickup truck leave the park shortly before paramedics arrived. It was unclear whether that was Kuhn’s vehicle, though his sister said his vehicle was recovered sometime Friday.

Kuhn had no identification on him, according to the coroner’s office. Goose Creek police Capt. John Grainger said a state law enforcement division agent helped identify the body from fingerprints.

The murder has left Kuhn’s family shaken and searching for answers.

“This just doesn’t make sense,” said Allen, 42. “He was a funny guy who would do anything for anybody.”

Kuhn Jr. added: “They didn’t have to kill him, for sure. He couldn’t defend himself. We’re just devastated.”

Kuhn and his family lived most of their lives in the Middletown area. They also lived in Miamisburg and Franklin. He attended schools in Franklin, though he didn’t graduate. He earned his GED, his sister said.

Kuhn, who was separated, leaves behind two sons: Michael, 18, of North Carolina, and Christian, 8, of Columbus. His mother died in 2004 and his father, George Kuhn, lives in North Carolina.

Kuhn Jr. said his brother’s body will be cremated and his ashes spread in the ocean.

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By Rick McCrabb - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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