LAURINBURG — With hundreds of police and sheriff departments partaking in the lip-sync challenge online, it took on a different meaning for the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.
On March 1, Scotland County sheriff’s deputy Alexis Thunder Eagle Locklear, 23, was killed in a vehicle crash while en route to assist a fellow officer. The loss devastated the community and the sheriff’s department. So taking on a way to continue to honor him his original shift came together and created a video to Imagine Dragon’s “Thunder.”
The video featured Amanda Williams, Jonathan Dunn, John Thrush, and Andrew Priest-Chavis. Williams had originally seen fellow deputy Ronald Locklear’s video to Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” and decided it was a great way to let people in the community know that not only are they still healing from the loss of their comrade but also they can have a bit of fun.
“I listen to the song every day, there is not a day that goes by I don’t listen to it, that’s his theme song for me,” Williams said. “I never thought of another song, it was the only one I would have done.”
The video currently has over 1,550 shares and over a thousand likes from not only people in the county but from across the country.
“I was amazed at the response I felt like it was going to be a local thing of local people sharing it because of Thunder,” Williams said. “I know that everyone heard of Thunder passing but those most affected by it were those in Scotland and Robeson county’s who knew him. I didn’t expect it to blow up like it did but I’m glad it did, I like for people to see that we can have fun too. We’ve had a lot of people who were close to Thunder speak on behalf that it meant a lot to them to see that we’re still thinking about him and the family.”
For Priest-Chavis, who is a rising senior at Scotland Christian Academy, as part of the Explore Program, he became known as Thunder’s sidekick it was a way to commemorate him.
“Thunder loved to sing so for me on that level lip-syncing to a song that is titled Thunder meant a lot,” Priest-Chavis said.
For the deputy who was the first in the county to begin the challenge, he was just happy to do it. Locklear was challenged by his girlfriend who had seen the videos online and kept telling him to do it.
“I wanted to do a song that didn’t have any vulgar language and everyone knows Mariah Carey,” Locklear said. “Whether they’re laughing at me or with me I want everybody to have a good time and they mostly laughed at me but its okay.”
This video currently has over a thousand shares and 800 likes. In total, the videos have over 105,000 views with around 50,000 per video.
Both videos challenged the Laurinburg Police Department, however, the department hasn’t done the video at this time. But everyone who has done the videos say that it’s a great way to show the community that deputies and officers can, in fact, have fun.
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