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Horry County Police investigate 23-year-old woman’s death as homicide in Myrtle Beach area

An Horry County neighborhood is left with questions as police treat a woman’s death as a homicide after her body was discovered Thursday morning in a Socastee home.

Paris Shanita Bellinger, 23, died from multiple stab wounds, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick following an autopsy Friday morning.

Horry County police had not identified suspects in what became the county’s the 16th homicide this year. Two have been reported in Georgetown County.

On Thurdsay Horry County police began arriving at 132 Weeks Drive off Socastee Boulevard shortly after 11 a.m. Yellow crime scene tape encircled both a mobile home and a black pickup truck sitting in the home’s driveway.

Within minutes, area residents flocked to the scene in hopes of getting answers.

Betty Lane, who has lived behind the mobile home for about a month, said she hadn’t heard anything since returning home about 11 a.m. from shopping.

“It’s kind of scary. I might not live here very long,” Lane said.

Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said police received a report of a stabbing and upon arrival found the woman dead. He said the case is being treated as a homicide.

Crime scene investigators began collecting evidence in and around the home. Two were busy taking pictures in the back, where a window was found open and a curtain hanging out.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick could not confirm what caused the woman’s death Thursday. He said an autopsy would be performed Friday morning.

Eva Lillemoen, who lives the next street over on Stoneridge Drive, said she knew the girl who lived in the mobile home as Julie, but did not know her last name.

“She’s pretty laid back,” Lillemoen said.

Yvonne Weeks and her husband Robert, for whom the road is named, have lived in the area for 45 years. Their house is directly across the street from the victim’s, but the two didn’t know the woman..

The Weeks left to go to lunch Thursday as police began to arrive, Yvonne Weeks said. By the time they returned home more than an hour later, the street was flooded with investigators.

Less than 30 minutes later, the Weeks and others watched as investigators wheeled out a stretcher carrying the victim’s body, which was enclosed in a body bag.

“It’s so sad it makes you want to cry,” Yvonne Weeks said.

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