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2 arrested in Lancaster man’s killing

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Mardarius Bailey shot to death in Rock Hill

By Kayla Vaughn

Two men have been arrested in connection with the Tuesday afternoon murder of Lancaster resident Mardarius Bailey.
Bailey was found shot near the intersection of S.C. 5 and Adnah Church Road in Rock Hill when he flagged down a Highway Patrol officer, seeking medical attention.
Bailey died at the scene, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.
York County detectives arrested Tyler Wayne Montgomery and Robert Evans Outen, both 19, in Bailey’s death. Outen was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
No information on Montgomery’s charges, possible motive or any connections between Bailey and the suspects was available at press time.
Outen and Montgomery are both jailed at the York County Detention Center. 

Family man

Bailey, 23, was the father of two children, Braylon, 1, and MaKayla, 5. He was killed the day before his daughter’s fifth birthday.
“(They) took a part of all of us away,” Bailey’s girlfriend of seven years, Brittany Truesdale, said of the two men accused of shooting him. “Now we have to learn to go on without him, and that’s going to be so hard.”
On Thursday, Truesdale said MaKayla didn’t know her father was gone yet, but she heard Bailey’s name on the news Wednesday night and started asking questions.
“She’s very understanding,” her mother said. “It’s going to be very hard, but I think she will understand.”

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Cousin also ‘gunned down’
Bailey graduated from Lewisville High School, where he was part of the 2013 state championship basketball team.
While watching a news clip of Bailey when the team won state, his maternal grandmother Mary Scruggs said, “That’s him! That’s my baby. He was the littlest one on the team.”
She said officers told her Bailey was a passenger in a vehicle, whose driver had fled the scene.
“I just want to know what happened,” she said.
Scruggs said Bailey was the second of her grandchildren to be “gunned down.” The first was Charles Douglas Harris Jr., who was shot in 2010, while driving with his 1-year-old child in the car with him.
“He (Bailey) was the type of person to always try to keep everybody together,” Scruggs said. “He was so close to all of his cousins and all of his family.
“I just sit here and think how I taught him how to walk up and down this road,” she said, recalling her experience watching Bailey grow up. “And on his first day of school I took his picture right out there on that porch.”

Total disbelief
Bailey’s mother, Jeanna “GeeGee” Bailey, said she was his biggest fan and was in total disbelief when she received that life-changing phone call. She recalled a part of the last text she sent to him on Tuesday: “Be wise and remember, no matter what, pray and seek God first.”
“If there was one thing I could say to him, I think that would be it,” she said.
Bailey’s father, Mario, said his son helped him to grow up. “We grew up together – me and Mardarius,” he said. “Since he was born, I knew I had to man-up, and me and him, we did it together.”
Bailey was the oldest of three boys. His brothers, Dre, 21, and Nehemiah, 15, were his best friends.
“I’m a grandmother that loves my grandchildren,” Bailey’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy “Dot” McIlwain, said. “He was the best introduction to being a grandmother. I called him my ‘little drummer boy’ because he was the first drummer we had at our church.”
McIlwain is pastor of Newness of Life Worship Center in Lancaster. “Gee called me and when she said what happened, I actually threw my phone,” she said.
Truesdale said she will be strong for Bailey while raising their two children without him, but she is struggling with forgiving those who murdered him.
“One thing I can say about this family is that we all have forgiving hearts,” she said. “But it may take us some time till we can forgive him. Speaking for myself, I’m definitely dealing with that.”
The York County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate the two suspects thanks to multiple eyewitness reports. The YCSO K-9 Unit and State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) helicopter assisted in the search.
“It was through hard work and relentless pursuit we were able to make an arrest so quickly,” said York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
When he was killed Tuesday, Bailey was out on bond for a February drug possession charge, according to the Lancaster County 6th Judicial Court Circuit Public Index.
An autopsy was performed by the York County Coroner’s Office on Thursday morning.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the York County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 628-3059 or Crime Stoppers of York County at (877) 409-4321.

Follow Kayla Vaughn on Twitter @kaybvaughn or contact her at (803) 283-1155.