NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police are asking for help to solve a murder case that has gone cold.
Elijah Jefferson Jr., 24, was shot to death in an apartment on St. Johns Avenue on Feb. 17, 2009.
Jefferson was found lying face down in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head. Jefferson's mother got word of the shooting in a message left on her cell phone.
"That night was just a night I wished didn't have to happen," said Jefferson's mother, Ann Shaw. "Not only was he my only son, but he left behind three children without a father who loved him dear."
Almost two years later, Jefferson's killer is still walking the streets.
Shaw believes her son was murdered because somebody was jealous of him. She said he was a budding rap star and was getting ready to put out a CD, and she said someone didn't want it to happen.
"That's my big question. I'd like to know, ask that person, why did you do it?" Shaw said. "I know his blood is on somebody's hands and I know they're not resting."
North Charleston Police Detective Shawn Patrick is the lead investigator in the case. He was called to the scene the night of the murder.
"It's very frustrating because I can feel for the family of the victim, tremendous loss, not only for the family, but also the community itself," Patrick said.
Patrick said it is possible Jefferson knew his killer because there was no forced entry to the apartment. And Patrick said he has a good idea why no one has come forward with information.
"It's a buddy buddy system. I don't want to be a rat type deal, but the bottom line is in the end they all rat," Patrick said.
If that's the case, Shaw hopes someone will come forward and give her some closure so she can rest, and her son can rest in peace.
"We all just miss him. "We just want the person to come through and just tell us why? Maybe we all can make amends, I don't know," Shaw said.
Anyone with information on Jefferson's murder should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.