A single bullet took Elijah "Robbie" Jefferson Jr.'s life Tuesday night in North Charleston.
Police were called about 8:30 p.m. to an isolated, two-story brick apartment building on St. Johns Avenue near the former Navy base. Inside an end unit, they found the 24-year-old man face down in the living room area, authorities said. Jefferson, of Wando, was shot once and died at the scene, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Myers said.
Jefferson was a man in the throes of new love. He had met a woman who lived in the apartment where he died, said his mother, Ann Shaw, assistant pastor of the House of God All Nation Temple in Huger.
"He said, 'Mommy, I think I met the love of my life,' " Shaw said. "He was happy, and he said, 'Now, everything is going to be OK.' "
Her delight at her oldest child's new joy quickly turned to sorrow Tuesday.
Now the mother, like investigators, is trying to determine what went wrong and who would have wanted Jefferson dead. Police were following leads Wednesday but made no arrest and released no suspect information.
Jefferson was a former Hanahan High School student who loved to cook and worked, on the side, in landscaping during the summer, his mother said.
She described her son as a quiet, easygoing and respectful man. "He didn't know a stranger, and everybody was a friend," she said.
Jefferson was the father of three small children. "They loved and adored him," Shaw said.
He is survived by his mother, of Wando; his father, Elijah Jefferson of Mount Pleasant; three sisters, Kareen German of Mount Pleasant, and Avis Burns and Shanteque Jefferson, both of North Charleston; two sons, Jordan Jefferson, 7, and Elijah Amoni Jefferson, 6, both of Huger; and a daughter, Keyonna Jefferson, 5, of Huger.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rivers Funeral Home of Goose Creek.