Family of murder victim returns to scene of the crime seeking answers

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - His mother and father never got the chance to wish him Happy Birthday.

On October 8th, Malcolm Jefferson was killed off Forbes Avenue in the Maryville neighborhood of West Ashley.

It was also his 18th birthday.

Four months later, a suspect has yet to be charged in connection with the crime.

Saturday, Jefferson's closest family and friends along with civil rights group, The National Action Network, walked in protest from a grocery store parking lot along Highway 61 in West Ashley to the very spot where Malcolm Jefferson was killed.

"We hope that all of this killing down here would just stop because a lot of families are hurt by this," said Whitney Robinson, a cousin of the victim.

"We would just like justice for Malcolm."

Jefferson's parents pleaded for information while standing at the scene of the crime, 1139 Forbes Avenue.  A moment that proved too emotional for several members of the Jefferson family.

"We won't stop until justice is prevailed for LJ, and all the others who have unsolved murders," added family friend Carlette Geddis.

The demonstration was the second of five planned in the Tri-COunty area.  The walk concluded at Washington Park, where The National Action Network hosted a seminar urging community members to take a more active role.

"Too many murders have not been solved yet, so we're trying to get the community involved, helping the police department," said member Charles Tyler.

"They need help to solve these murders."

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen addressed the group, vowing to find Malcolm's killer.  Mullen said of the victim,"No one deserves to die like that."

The family, with the help of the National Action Network is working to create a one-year scholarship to Trident Technical College in Malcolm's Honor.  Jefferson had plans of becoming an entrepreneur, in hopes of one day opening a garage with his father.

The reward for information in this case is now up to $5,000.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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