Many young people dabble in drug use during their rebellious youth, yet few consider the potential consequences. Aside from the inerrant risks the use of drugs already poses, the dark underworld can be a very dangerous place. Many young people skirt through this faze unharmed, but not everyone is so lucky. For one South Carolina, Football player and honor student, life was snuffed out far too soon during a tragic drug deal gone wrong.
Joshua Meeks was merely 16-years of age and the unsuspecting victim of 18-year-old Sosa Mandiez Croft, a high school drop-out and his alleged 16-year-old accomplice, Lyric Lawson. The accomplice has been charged with assisting Croft in the disposal of the victim’s body. The alleged murderers have been charged with fatally shooting the victim. The victim was an 11th grade student at Mauldin High School, Located in Greenville, South Carolina.
Meeks met his fatal demise on Tuesday, although law enforcement did not locate his remains for another two days, which were found in a neighboring county. Police were able to locate Joshua’s body after finding his car, covered in blood, outside of Croft’s apartment building, also located in Greenville.
It was through the process of investigation, that law enforcement was able to obtain information regarding the events leading up to the shooting, which included a drug deal that eventually led to the victim’s car being stolen and his life being taken.
Law enforcement first became aware of the missing person’s case on Wednesday morning when the victim’s mom reported that he had not returned home after leaving at 9 pm the night prior when he was supposed to be meeting friends.
After the investigation was underway, law enforcement through interviews with Joshua’s peers, become aware that he had been scheduled to meet a new drug dealer. An autopsy showed evidence that Joshua met his demise sometime after 10 pm on Tuesday evening.
According to officers, immense amounts of blood were found on the passenger seat of the victim’s car when it was recovered.
During the bond hearing, the alleged murderer feigned his innocence to the victim’s family. Trying to convince them he was not the killer, but desired to help them find that person. The victim was known as a popular athlete and honor student. The young lineman, by all accounts was going far in life. Sadly, one bad choice to engage in illegal activity will prevent him from realizing a successful future, forever paining his loved ones with the senseless and untimely nature of his death.