Shamar Jackson was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in his South Carolina neighborhood while searching for his lost chihuahua. The 7-year-old boy and his brother were walking through the city of Marion on Sunday evening when an unidentified number of dogs surrounded them.
Jackson’s brother was able to escape, but the young boy was trapped between several menacing dogs. The brother ran to safety as Shamar Jackson was mauled, stripped naked, and killed by the animals. The pack of dogs tore Jackson’s clothes and inflicted fatal injuries, escaping before authorities arrived.
The children’s father, Carnell Jackson, spoke out after the incident, explaining that “they couldn’t get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions.” An investigation is underway as authorities attempt to understand what happened. It’s likely that the dogs were from a neighbor’s yard and had come through a hole in the fence, according to WBTW.
Carnell Jackson explained that when he and his wife arrived on the scene, their son lying dead on the ground, they were told not to touch his body. “How are you going to tell her to leave her child there?” Carnell said of his wife, recalling the moment they waited together near Shamar Jackson’s dead body.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that it had seized five dogs and a puppy from a property near the incident. Deputies executed a search warrant on Monday, taking dogs from a home on Cleo Road, which was close to where Shamar was attacked.
The department hasn’t made an official arrest and no charges have been filed. The investigation is still determining the animals at fault and will require forensic analysis before they know more.
A statement provided by the sheriff’s office read that “it appears the small child was mauled” by multiple dogs “while walking in his neighborhood with his brother, who was able to escape. The investigation continues and we are actively seeking the dogs and their possible owner.”
The victim’s family is grieving the enormous loss. Anthony Parsley, Jackson’s uncle, said that he’s “hurt.” “I want to cry but I can’t cry anymore,” he told News13. “That’s my little fella there.”
The tragic loss is felt across the community in the city of Marion. An account has been set up by a local bank to accept donations for the family, which will help pay for funeral expenses. In a Facebook post, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that “An account has been established at Anderson Brothers Bank for those wishing to donate toward the funeral cost for 7-year-old Shamar Jackson.”
“Shamar tragically lost his life earlier this week in a dog attack near Wilbur Road,” the post explained. “Shamar was a straight-A student finishing up the first grade at Lake View Elementary. You may donate at any Anderson Brothers Bank location, simply specify Shamar Jackson Fund.”