Steve Morrison Dies; Leaves Behind Legacy

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Columbia, SC (WLTX)-  A well-known attorney who was loved by many in the community died over the weekend.

Friends said Steve Morrison, 64, was an activist in the community and stood up for people who didn't have a voice.

Carl Epps was Morrison's law partner for 17 years at Nelson Mullins and spoke to us about losing his friend.

"He's just one of those people that you just never thought about losing cause he was so physically and mentally tough," Epps said. "He had this huge heart. He truly cared about people and he truly cared most about people who didn't have a voice."

And one voice was rural schools throughout South Carolina. You may remember, the Corridor of Shame case, Abbeville vs. the State of South Carolina.

Morrison and Epps tried the case for 102 days starting in 2003. They sued the state for neglecting state rural schools. It's something Epps said he'll never forget.

"I wouldn't trade that experience for anything," he said.  

Morrison also ran for mayor in 2010. He was a community leader and on the board at Benedict College and the Columbia Urban League.

Columbia Urban League Chief Executive Officer JT McLawhorn shared his experience working with Morrison.

"He understood injustice and he was willing to stand up," McLawhorn said.

Many are losing a friend, someone who worked behind the scenes, but one who leaves behind a legacy. 

"He was a very caring person," McLawhorn said. "A champion for social justice. One who made a difference."

Morrison leaves behind a wife and son.

Funeral arrangements have not been made. We will update you when we learn more information.

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