South Carolina

2 N.C. men charged with Loris convenience store clerk’s murder

Two North Carolina men face multiple charges, including murder and armed robbery, after the shooting death of a store owner, who was gunned down and robbed in Loris on Monday.

Jim Miller, 26, of Tabor City and Jonathan Vanderhorst, 21, of Whiteville were arrested Monday and charged Tuesday with murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, J. Reuben Long Detention Center records show.

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson confirmed the suspects’ identities Tuesday afternoon.

Vanderhorst is also charged with unlawful to carry a pistol, according to jail records. Both men remain jailed.

Horry County police responded to an armed robbery alarm at the Loris Market & Beverages store around 10 a.m. Monday and found the store’s owner, Edy Boudagh, dead from a gunshot wound. Boudagh was 45 years old.

Horry County councilman and volunteer firefighter Paul Prince, whose campaign headquarters neighbors the Loris Market & Beverages, said he rushed to the store after hearing the call Monday.

Prince said Boudagh was like a son to him.

“Edy Boudagh is one of the finest friends I’ve ever had,” Prince said. “I don’t know if anybody could say one hard word about him. He was just a good, generous, God-fearing person.”

Police arrested the pair after a four-hour manhunt Monday. Officials released images of the suspects from a surveillance camera inside the store, which led to tips to the police department. Horry County officers, detectives, a bloodhound tracking team and agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Fugitive Task Force searched the area.