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North Charleston Leads The County In Homicides
3/16/2016 6:24:40 PM

Charleston police are renewing efforts to solve the 2013 murder of Malcolm Jefferson (pictured)
By Barney Blakeney

Some 10 victims have been murdered in Charleston County since January 1.

And even as the number of homicide victims marches toward another record year for murders in the county, Charleston police still are trying to solve the October 2013 West Ashley murder of 18-year-old Malcolm Jefferson.

Patrick Moffly was the most recent homicide victim in the county.

The son of former Charleston County School Board member Elizabeth Moffly, March 4 he became the county’s tenth murder victim and the City of Charleston’s second murder victim. Six of the county’s murders have been committed in North Charleston.

Two have been committed in Charleston County Sheriff Office jurisdiction.

2016 murders in Charleston County to date have outpaced those committed in the same time span in 2015 when there were eight murders in the county by the end of March.

Five murders were committed in January this year compared to four in 2015. By the end of December, 54 murders had been committed in Charleston County.

North Charleston, where six murders have been committed, is the county’s most deadly area. Five of North Charleston’s homicide victims have been Black males under age 30.

The youngest was 18-year-old Larry Grayer, killed January 4 in the parking lot at Wal-Mart on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. Fifty-two-year-old Fred Gibbs, killed January 31, was the oldest victim. There were 22 homicides in North Charleston in 2015. All the county’s homicide victims so far this year have been killed by gunshots.

As the Charleston area grapples with its numbing homicides, Charleston police are renewing efforts to solve the 2013 murder of Malcolm Jefferson. Veteran homicide investigator Mike Gordon, a retired Charleston police detective, is working the cold case investigation. Declining to speculate about homicide cases outside Charleston police jurisdiction, Gordon said the Jefferson case like many others is hampered by limited information.

Although a lot of people in the close-knit Maryville community where everyone knows each other have been interviewed, they haven’t provided much information. A lot of shots were fired probably by more than one shooter, Gordon said, but no one says they saw the shooters.

Asked to share some insight about local homicides, Gordon said the reasons for committing murder can be varied. Domestic homicides more easily are solved for obvious reasons, but when you throw drugs and other violent behavior into the equation the basis for most homicides can be vast, he said.

In a culture of crime where elements of discontent and anger are the emotional triggers of those who prefer to solve conflicts themselves, community input is vital to solving homicides, Gordon said. That resource is a valuable tool without which investigations are slowed considerably, said Gordon who described homicides as a tragedy that affects families, friends and communities.

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Submitted By: Neil Submitted: 3/16/2016
And all these people were killed by other blacks.

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