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Graham Pope Obituary, Pregnant woman killed during chase

Graham Pope Obituary – A tragic sequence of events unfolded in South Carolina on Monday, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of an employee at a car dealership and a pregnant woman during a police chase. Westley Gross, 28, who was out on bond, fatally shot Graham Pope, 39, an employee at the Greystone Boulevard JT KIA dealership, and then led the police on a chase, as reported by Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook and Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford.

The pursuit led to an accident that claimed the life of a 34-year-old pregnant woman. Rutherford identified the victim as Ashley Brown and mentioned that the fetus also did not survive the collision. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force injuries, and the manner of death is yet to be determined, according to Rutherford. Family members informed WACH FOX News that the victim was killed the day before her birthday, and a baby shower was planned for April 13.

Chief Holbrook expressed his deep sorrow, stating, “I stand before you today with a very heavy heart, just a broken heart.” As a parent, I cannot fathom the pain that her family must be experiencing, and I offer my sincerest condolences.

Westley Gross, 28, is accused of shooting Graham Pope, 39, to death at the JT Kia on Greystone Boulevard on Monday, April 8. (x/@ColumbiaPDSC)

Officer Darian Davis, who was responding to a call for assistance, collided with Brown’s vehicle at the intersection of Prescott Road and North Main after leaving the scene of an unrelated call in the 6100 block of North Main Street. Following the collision between Davis’ patrol car and Brown’s 2023 Toyota sedan, another crash occurred involving a 2010 Honda van. Holbrook mentioned that Davis underwent surgery for a leg injury, while the driver of the Honda was treated and released on Monday. WACH FOX News has requested the incident report and Gross’ criminal history, which dates back to 2014. Gross is facing charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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