The Beaufort chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will have a turkey shoot this weekend to raise money for the family of slain Beaufort native William Alexander Apps, the chapter's president said last week.
NWTF Beaufort committee president Jeff Duncan said the chapter will have the event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Duncan Farms in Seabrook. A silent auction and shirt sale are planned, in addition to a shooting competition.
Duncan said all proceeds from the turkey shoot will go to Apps' mother to help pay for the costs of her son's funeral. Duncan said he wasn't sure whether Apps' mother would attend but hoped she would.
Planning for the fundraiser started about a week ago, Duncan said. The hunting and wildlife conservation group based in Edgefield typically holds turkey shoots later in the month to raise money to buy Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. However, Duncan and the Beaufort chapter decided to hold a special fundraiser for Apps, an NWTF member.
Apps belonged to the Charleston chapter, Duncan said, but had attended the Beaufort chapter's annual banquets for the past three years. He said he knew Apps and his father, who were both avid hunters.
Apps was shot and killed Oct. 3 in Charleston County while he was trying to sell his Chevrolet pickup truck. Charleston residents Jquan Scott, 19, and Isaac Williams, 20, who authorities say answered Apps' Craigslist advertisement for the truck, have been charged with his murder.
Duncan said the news of Apps' death made him "distraught," as he had recently bought a pickup truck and sold one on Craigslist before Apps' death.
"These two men took full advantage of him," Duncan said. "It really is sickening."
Duncan said Saturday's event will be "under the lights" at Duncan Farms, after Naval Hospital Beaufort donated two generator light towers.
Duncan said the shirts sold at the turkey shoot will be the same shirts offered on the Justice for Alex Apps Facebook page, but with an NTWF logo added.
He said several women on staff at the Beaufort chapter were friends of Apps and helping with the Facebook page, which now has more than 35,000 likes.
Duncan said the NWTF is accepting donations of money to give to Apps' mother or of items for the silent auction. Duncan said a close friend of Apps' from Summerville was able to get a local gun shop to donate a new 12-gauge shotgun that will be auctioned. He added that he was in talks with the NWTF's regional director to obtain another gun to auction.
A round of shooting costs $3, and children younger than 12 can shoot for free, Duncan said. People can bring their own guns to shoot, but the NWTF will also provide three shotguns, he added.
In addition to the silent auction, children can enter a free shooting competition for the chance to win a turkey.
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