One year anniversary of man killed on 18th birthday; Parents vow to find killer

Published: Oct. 8, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - One year later, Malcolm and Monica Jefferson are still looking for answers. The West Ashley parents are grieving the loss of their son, Malcolm, who was shot and killed on his 18th birthday.

Police say the shooting happened just after midnight on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1139 Forbes Avenue in the Maryville neighborhood. Authorities found Malcolm with several gunshot wounds to his torso.

He later died at the hospital.

"This year has been a complete roller coaster ride for my family," said mother, Monica Jefferson. "I never got a chance to say Happy Birthday. Here it is a year later, I'm still not getting that opportunity to say Happy Birthday."

Instead, the Jefferson family gathered to celebrate Malcolm's life at a candlelight vigil at Deming playground in West Ashley.

The site is just minutes away from where Malcolm was killed.

"I want to go back to that neighborhood because I want to bring forth the fact that Malcolm may not be here, but his name isn't going anywhere," she added.

According to Charleston police, going back to 2010, Malcolm's murder is one of nine in the city still unsolved.  A police spokesperson said one of the challenges in this case, and others, is getting people in the community to come forward with information.

It's an explanation the Jefferson family knows all too well.

"It's unfortunate that they're not getting the answers they need to close the case because of this policy these young fellas have that's called snitching," Monica said. "No one wants to talk.  Everyone is afraid to talk."

Since their son's murder, the Jefferson family founded the Malcolm Jefferson Foundation, they say, in a fight against violence. 

"We know we can't change the event, but we can come together to actually voice our opinion on violence," added father, Malcolm. "We would not want this to happen to another family."

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Every call is treated with absolute anonymity. Rewards are available and are paid to people who call the program and their information leads to an arrest.

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