“Everyone knew Adam was bad, everyone tried getting her away from Adam,” Ian Eisiminger said. “The day before she went down, I told her, ‘He’s gonna end up killing you.’ And he did.”
After deputies responded to a reported that a person had been shot Saturday night at a Honea Path residence, Shane Bowen was taken to Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, according to a news release from the Greenville County Coroner’s Office. Bowen, the mother of Eisiminger’s two daughters, died at 3 a.m. Sunday.
According to news reports, 35-year-old James Adam Murray was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the shooting. The next day, Murray was found hanged in his cell, according to the coroner’s office.
Eisiminger and Bowen, both originally from Delaware, met in high school through mutual friends.
“Just her attitude, her personality,” Eisiminger said when asked what had drawn him to her. “Like, no matter how down somebody was, she could always bring them back up.”
When both of his parents passed away last year, Bowen supported him emotionally despite being in a different state and their struggle for the custody of their two children, Eisiminger said.
The custody battle, he said, “wasn’t about me getting full custody, it was about my kids staying away from him (Murray).”
Eisiminger said Murray was abusive toward Bowen from the beginning of their relationship. Police documents from Delaware and North Carolina, where Murray lived before moving north to be with Bowen, detail past reports of domestic abuse. One affidavit said Murray struck one of Eisiminger’s children.
Before a court granted Eisiminger’s request for a no-contact order between his children and Murray, they spent much of their time in their mother’s household and would tell Eisiminger things Murray had done.
“And then I, of course, would immediately call her (Bowen),” Eisiminger said, adding that she confirmed much of what they said — unless it could affect her right to see her daughters.
“Why do you keep putting up with this stuff?” Eisiminger would ask her. “There were times when she said she was getting rid of him, and there were times she did get rid of him.”
Murray would be gone for weeks or months at a time, but Bowen always let him return, Eisiminger said.
“I don’t know why,” he said. “She just kept letting him come back.”
Bowen moved south with Murray and their daughter in early 2018. She gave birth to her fourth daughter and second by Murray several weeks ago.
The Index-Journal sought details on the shooting case Tuesday and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Ryan Flood forwarded another deputy’s Saturday night email notifying others of the shooting. On Wednesday, the county’s records department pointed requests for the sheriff’s office report on the shooting back to Flood. The Clerk of Court’s office couldn’t provide copies of the warrants against Murray without the warrant numbers, and the website court staff referred to in order to find warrant numbers did not have details on Murray’s most recent arrest.
According to a coroner’s office release, while Murray was detained at the Greenville County jail, he was found hanging in his cell. Detention center medical staff came and began doing CPR on him, and EMS units came to provide further treatment.
He was taken to the same hospital Bowen was sent, where he also died. The release said the case is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
In a long Facebook post on Wednesday, Eisiminger described Bowen as his first true love and mourned her death.
“Shane’s family, friends and people, in general, aren’t going to be able to see or feel her radiant and reflective smile,” he wrote. “Her bubbly yet sometimes dizzy attitude, or her love for everyone and everything.”