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How Mallory Beach’s Family Is Honoring the Animal Lover’s Legacy After Murdaugh Boat Crash (Exclusive)

She was killed in a ship crash amid the Murdaugh household scandals. Now, her household is constructing an animal shelter in her identify

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Mallory Madison Beach/Facebook

Mallory Beach

Mallory Beach was driving dwelling from work at a style boutique in Beaufort, S.C., when she noticed a litter of puppies on the aspect of the highway. “The strays always found her,” says her mom, Renee Beach, who was at dwelling when Mallory requested her to move out into the chilly on that February 2018 night. Together, mom and daughter searched the woods for the deserted puppies. “They had curled up in some straw underneath a pine tree to keep warm,” remembers Renee, 51. “Mallory was looking at me with tears in her eyes, saying, ‘We have to take them home.’ And so we did.”

A 12 months after rescuing and discovering new houses for all the puppies apart from one which Mallory saved, the 19-year-old died in a boating accident brought on by an allegedly drunk driver, Paul Murdaugh—who, two years later at age 22, was shot and killed alongside his mom, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, by the household’s infamous patriarch, convicted assassin Alex Murdaugh, now 55. “It was my worst nightmare come true,” Renee says of shedding her daughter amid the headline-making Murdaugh household scandal. “I guess over time I got used to it, but it isn’t easier. I miss Mallory, and I want her back.”

To those that knew her, Mallory will all the time be remembered for, amongst different pursuits, the care and a spotlight she lavished on canine, cats and even snakes. “She was like a mother to strays,” says Renee. “She was forever finding animals that were just abandoned.”

To hold her legacy alive, her household, who based the animal rescue group Mal’s Palz shortly after her loss of life, are actually elevating funds to construct a brand new animal shelter, adoption heart and veterinary clinic for the individuals — and misplaced and deserted pets — of Hampton County, S.C.

The current shelter, says Renee, “is just beyond repair. It’s not that big and it’s just sad when you go in there.”

<p>Leslie Lynn Photography</p> Renee Beach with Mallory's rescue dog Miller<p>Leslie Lynn Photography</p> Renee Beach with Mallory's rescue dog Miller

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Renee Beach with Mallory’s rescue canine Miller

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<p>Leslie Lynn Photography</p> Renee Beach with a Mal's Palz t-shirt<p>Leslie Lynn Photography</p> Renee Beach with a Mal's Palz t-shirt

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Renee Beach with a Mal’s Palz t-shirt

In November, Hampton County voted on a decision that will discover a partnership with Mal’s Palz wherein the county would supply the land and Mal’s Palz would construct the shelter.

“We desperately need a new facility,” says Christopher Inglese, Deputy Administrator of Community Services for Hampton County. “Mallory was an animal lover. And what better way to honor her love for animals and to honor her life by doing something in service to the people and to the animals.”

Inglese adds, “She was a special young woman, and we all just have a strong motivation to see Renee’s dream of turning tragedy into something that will be helpful and honor her daughter. We’re all just strongly motivated to make that a reality.”

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Mallory Madison Beach/Facebook

Mallory Beach

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“The support in the community and just everywhere has been tremendous,” says Beach household lawyer Mark Tinsley, who alongside along with his regulation agency donated $130,000 to assist construct the shelter.

At the time of her loss of life, Mallory was residing together with her mom and dealing full-time as a shop clerk at It’s Retail Therapy, a clothes retailer in Beaufort.

<p>South Carolina Attorney General's Office</p> The boat Paul Murdaugh was allegedly driving crashed into a bridge<p>South Carolina Attorney General's Office</p> The boat Paul Murdaugh was allegedly driving crashed into a bridge

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The boat Paul Murdaugh was allegedly driving crashed right into a bridge

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Mallory “loved to joke around,” says Renee. “She was always fun and happy. She always had us laughing.”

It was 5 years in the past, on Feb. 24, 2019, when Mallory and 5 mates boarded a ship piloted by Paul Murdaugh, then 19. Authorities would later say Paul had a blood-alcohol degree a minimum of thrice the authorized restrict when he crashed the boat right into a bridge, throwing Mallory overboard. It can be an excruciating seven days of ready earlier than Mallory’s physique was present in a marsh 5 miles from the crash web site. Although Paul was charged with boating below the affect inflicting loss of life, he and his mom were killed by Paul’s father, Alex Murdaugh, earlier than Paul’s trial was to start.

Alex Murdaugh and his son PaulAlex Murdaugh and his son Paul

Alex Murdaugh and his son Paul

A civil lawsuit filed by the Beach household towards the Murdaughs and the comfort retailer that bought Paul the alcohol was settled — and Mallory’s household plan to dedicate a portion of the proceeds to the animal shelter now being designed in Hampton County.

“This is something Mallory would love,” says Renee, who began a GoFundMe page to assist elevate funds for the shelter. “It would make her so proud.”

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