Family of wounded Florence officer asks for continued prayers
FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator Farrah Turner remains in critical condition after a deadly shooting on Oct. 3.
Turner is one of six law enforcement officers who were wounded in the ambush earlier this month. Florence police officer Terrence Carraway was killed. Seventy-four-year-old Frederick Hopkins Jr. is charged with the murder of Carraway and the attempted murder of the other officers.
Britney Weaver, Turner’s cousin, said the family asks that people continue to pray for her. Weaver said Turner’s life has been altered forever.
“So we are definitely praying for a miracle and we are remaining positive and we’re staying lifted and we appreciate all the prayers from everyone,” Weaver said.
Turner, a Lake City High School and Francis Marion University graduate, has worked in law enforcement for 12 years. Weaver said Turner was the “head SRO” at Brockington Elementary School, Johnson Middle School and Timmonsville High School, all in Timmonsville. She also helped out at Hannah-Pamplico schools. Lake City High School and Timmonsville High School honored Turner during homecoming activities last week.
While prayers are foremost, Weaver said that if people would like to give, they can make donations through gofundme.com/fightfarrahfight. Encouraging messages can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My goal is to compile all of these positive thoughts and these prayers and encouraging words for her and put them in a book,” Weaver said. “So we are faithful that she will come to, and so that she can see all of the love and appreciation that everyone in the community has for her.”
Weaver said Turner’s family is grateful for the prayers that have been sent and encourage people to keep them going.
Lake City resident Yamekia Robinson said she and Turner were not friends who called or texted each other every day, but she has known her and her family for several years. They attended Lake City High School together.
Robinson said she recalls Turner reaching out to one of her children about four months ago to ensure the child was safe and making the right decisions in life. Robinson said she didn’t know about the encounter until after it happened, but it had an effect. “And I appreciate until this day what she did,” Robinson said.
While the shooting on Oct. 3 was tragic, Robinson said, it has brought the community together.
“A tragedy has brought unity to the community, brought togetherness, brought a massive prayer for Farrah and all the officers,” Robinson said. “It hits so close home.”
She said Lake City community members held a prayer vigil on Oct. 7 in honor of Turner.
“We’re praying as she is steady fighting,” Robinson said.
Florence County sheriff’s deputies Arie Davis and Sarah Miller, who were also wounded in the ambush, were released from Carolinas Hospital System on Friday. Florence police officer Scott Williamson has been transferred to a hospital in Atlanta.