Funeral details for Charlotte-area teen killed at Myrtle Beach; teen suspect, mom charged | Crime
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTV) - Funeral details have been announced for a Shelby teen who was fatally stabbed last weekend while vacationing in near Myrtle Beach.
Michael Dalton Fitch, 17, was stabbed to death at a campground Saturday night and he died at a local hospital.
Fitch's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Lafayette Street United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30-2 p.m. He will be buried at Cleveland Memorial Park.
Authorities say Fitch was stabbed by 18-year-old Adam Taylor Dwiggins after an altercation at the Ocean Lakes Campground in Surfside, SC, which occurred around 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Dwiggins and his mother, who are both from Cleveland County, have been charged in connection with the deadly stabbing.
According to WMBFNews.com, Fitch was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Earlier this week, lots of people at the Snack Shop restaurant in Boiling Springs were talking about Fitch's death.
The manager of the restaurant, Kathy Francis, says this kind of death is tough for a community to deal with.
"We all grieve together," Francis said. "If one person grieves, we all grieve."
Fitch was a rising senior at Crest High School and his name will soon be added to a memorial at the school.
Brandon Wiley says he will never forget one of Fitch's recent heroic acts.
"We had a pep rally awhile back and two girls got into a fight in the gymnasium, and out of everybody in that gymnasium, he (Fitch) was the only one who went up to the girls to try and break it up," Wiley said.
The night Fitch was stabbed, police said he was trying to break up a fight involving Dwiggins.
Police said the teens attended the same high school, but it was just coincidence that they were both at the campground.
Dwiggins was charged with murder and police also charged Dwiggins' mother, 51-year-old Kathy Dwiggins, with accessory to murder after the fact. Police said she tried to hamper the investigation.
"The mother was found to have done certain things to try to interfere with the investigation and the prosecution of her son," said Lt. Raul Denis.
The two were booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Kathy Dwiggins was released Monday on a $10,000 secured bond. Her son is being held without bond.
Copyright 2011 WBTV. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.
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