Family to hold candlelight vigil in honor of slain teen

Malcolm Jefferson, 18, of Charleston, was gunned down outside a home on Forbes Avenue on Oct. 8.

The family of slain teen Malcolm Jefferson is clinging to hope that a candlelight vigil in his honor will help police track down his killer.

The vigil will be held on Saturday in West Ashley, where Jefferson lived.

Jefferson, 18, of Charleston, was gunned down on Oct. 8 as he stood outside a home on Forbes Avenue.

Jefferson ran inside to flee the gunfire and alerted a group of people who were playing cards there, police said.

When officers arrived they found Jefferson lying in a shed. He later died from his wounds at Medical University Hospital.

A suspect has not been identified in the shooting.

Police on Wednesday asked for the public to help investigators piece together the events surrounding Jefferson’s death.

A Crime Stoppers flier was released on Thursday saying tipsters could receive a $1,000 reward.

Jefferson’s family will gather on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Forest Park, 780 Playground Road in Charleston.

The teen’s mother, Monica Jefferson, said the vigil is being held to urge the community to assist police with the investigation.

Jefferson graduated from West Ashley High School in June and aspired to attend Trident Technical School when he was killed. He died on his 18th birthday, Monica Jefferson said.

“I just can’t wrap my mind around it. We just need some closure,” Monica Jefferson said. “It won’t bring my baby back, but I need some closure.”

She said Charleston police are working around the clock to solve her son’s case, but that more help is needed.

“There have been a few breaks but police need someone to come out and just tell them exactly what happened,” Monica Jefferson said.

She added that police have assured her that her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was killed. He wasn’t doing anything illegal that led to his death, she said.

When asked if Malcolm Jefferson was an innocent bystander, police spokesman Charles Francis said the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information on Jefferson’s death can call Charleston police at 607-6787 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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