Georgia woman identified as shooting victim, search for suspect continues

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 28, 2012 

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A 21-year-old Georgia woman was identified by authorities Saturday as the victim shot to death Thursday night in her Port Royal apartment.

Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen confirmed that Velencia Compton, a Columbus, Ga. native and sailor stationed at Naval Hospital Beaufort, was the woman found shot in the head in an apartment on Battery Lane by Port Royal police.

Allen had declined to release the woman's name Friday, citing a Defense Department policy requiring authorities to wait 24 hours after the family of a deceased service member has been notified before releasing the name.

Compton worked at the hospital's branch medical clinic at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, according to base officials. She was a dental corpsman, according to her Facebook page.

The victim's friends and family members took to Twitter on Saturday to memoralize the woman many knew as "VC."

Compton appeared to have frequently used the popular social networking site to write about life in the Navy and her devotion to her 3-year-old son Jayden who she called "Peanut." She posted "loyalty is everything" hours before her death.

Attempts to reach her family Saturday were unsuccessful.

Authorities are still seeking information on the whereabouts of Compton's alleged killer, Leo DeAndre Scott, 25, also of Columbus, Ga.

Investigators said Smith shot Compton in the head during a domestic dispute at about 9 p.m. Thursday and then fled in her car with the 3-year-old.

An Amber Alert was issued for the child, who was found in Columbus, Ga. after Scott dropped the boy off at a relative's house, the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer reported. The woman's vehicle was later found at a nearby Wal-Mart.

A warrant charging Scott with murder has been issued, a Port Royal Police spokesman said.

Scott has no prior arrests in Beaufort County but has had some previous run-ins with Georgia authorities, including an unresolved drug charge from December 2010, the Georgia newspaper reported.

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The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer contributed to this report.

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