Aiken woman, 54, found dead, with gunshot wound, in back yard

An Aiken woman was found in her back yard Monday evening with an apparent gunshot wound to the body, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Kayla Raiford, 54, was discovered around 8 p.m. outside her home on Horry Street by a family member, Carlton said in an e-mail. A weapon was found near her body.

Carlton said neighbors reported hearing what sounded like fireworks around her home around 6:30 p.m.

Aiken Public Safety is investigating the shooting along with the coroner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Newberry, S.C.



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