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Police: Former Bluffton dog park president took his own life

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It was a typical Monday afternoon in the Bluffton Park neighborhood. 

"It's usually pretty quiet," said Zoe Slingluff, resident. 

But it was the opposite of quiet on Sunday morning when authorities found the body of William Grooms, 42, inside the garage of the home he rented. Bluffton Police tell WTOC that he took his own life. His autopsy was done at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston Monday morning.

Slingluff and her parents lived next door to him.

"I didn't really know him that well, he just seemed polite, he was always nice to me," she said. 
Last month, police arrested Grooms after he allegedly embezzled  more than $10,000 from the Friends of Bluffton Dog Park. Grooms became the organization's president during the time he worked at Superior Heating and Air.

Superior Heating and Air owner Dave Miller says Grooms worked there for three years and Miller tried to point him in the right direction.

"He tried a lot with the dog park, I know that barring everything that's going on with it that he did have his heart in the right place with it, I know that I used to give him a hard time when he used to work here about working on dog park stuff while he was working for me," he said. 

The Friends of Bluffton Dog Park's new president issued this statement:

As former fellow-Board members, we are saddened that William Grooms obviously wrestled with issues that caused sadness and distress to himself, his family and others. While we acknowledge William needed help and understanding, we also acknowledge Mr. Grooms is responsible for his actions. As humans, we are sad when anyone loses their own personal battle, however Mr. Grooms' actions will not affect the mission of the Friends of Bluffton Dog Park. The people who are energized to establish a dog park are motivated for the right reasons. We hope we can close this unfortunate chapter and move forward so the residents of Bluffton and their dogs can have years of enjoyment with each other.

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