Last week, the untimely deaths of Sydni Collins, 46, and her husband Aaron Collins, 41 caught the attention of social media users everywhere. For those who missed it, the couple was shot and killed in Columbia, South Carolina while riding their motorcycles just a few miles away from home.
On Thursday, July 27, Sydni and Aaron – along with a third motorcyclist – were shot while sitting at an intersection near Columbia Place Mall. The couple died as a result of gunshot wounds to their upper bodies. Footage of the crime scene reportedly captured approximately 17 markers on the ground that may have indicated the locations of shell casings. However, the exact number of times the couple was shot remains undisclosed. The third biker, whose name has not been released, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A Sign of Solidarity:
Dressed in all black, hundreds of bikers came out to honor the couple on Friday, August 4, according to WLTX. Around 1:30 that afternoon, the bikers began riding through the streets before heading to the church where a memorial service was held in the couple’s honor. Friends of the couple revealed they were known for their love of motorcycles so the bikers reportedly decided to honor them. The bikers’ act of unity has been described as a show of solidarity to pay homage to the slain couple. A Facebook clip of the bikers has received more than 40,000 views.
Investigators have still been unable to establish a motive for the couple’s death but a shooting suspect has been arrested. Before the shooting occurred, the Midland Police Department was called about a disturbance at a restaurant not far from the where the shooting took place. But it is unclear whether the two incidents are related. The Midland Police Department is asking anyone with more information about the shooting to contact the police department at 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372). Tips can also be texted to CRIMES (274637) or www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip.