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EXCLUSIVE: Mother of murder victim speaks out about her son's cold case

Matthew Renken (Photo Source: Renken family) Matthew Renken (Photo Source: Renken family)
The Renken family passed out flyers seeking information on his death in August, 2012. The Renken family passed out flyers seeking information on his death in August, 2012.
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

The mother of a murder victim is hoping to heat up the cold case involving the 2012 death of her son.

"Two years and seven months come the 2nd of November. It's something you don't forget, believe me," Linda Renken said.

Renken says lots of tears have been shed over the murder of her 39-year-old son, Matthew. In April, 2012, family members found his body inside Port City Liquors on Dorchester Road. Police say he was shot to death with his own gun during an apparent struggle.

"From that point, I think all I remember is just pain,” Renken recalled. "There's no way unless you've been through a thing like this that you can even understand how difficult it is to lose your only child."

Linda says police told her the killer got into the store through an unlocked back door. All that was taken was Matthew's Rolex watch.

"My theory is that somebody left the door open and maybe had planned with somebody to rob him,” Renken said. “Maybe killing is not the thing they were there for, but it ended up that way and they ran. Who knows?”

After his murder, the Renken family and friends handed out fliers in nearby neighborhoods, hoping to get some answers, but came up empty.

"Death is a thing you accept I think a little bit easier than murder,” Renken said. "I had to learn a long time ago, Harve, to forgive whoever did this to Matthew, and I do."

But she wants to make it clear that she still wants justice for her son.

"We miss him every day of our lives," she says. "It's Thanksgiving season and I've had to remind myself very often that I'm very thankful for the 39 years I had with him."

North Charleston Police investigators say they have no new leads in the case.

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