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Marching for victims of violence in North Charleston

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It was an emotional afternoon for many in North Charleston, as they marched in memory of loved ones.

Monica Jefferson talked about her son, Malcolm. "My only son. I had 2 children. This was my only son… my son graduated from high school last year, in June. And he had ambitions to go to Trident Technical College this month, in January." That will never happen.

Malcolm Jefferson the 2nd was shot to death on October 8th of last year. The shooting took place in the Maryville subdivision in West Ashley. The killer has not been identified.

Monica says it has ripped her apart. "The day that person took my child away from me, he took away half of my life.  I live each day from one day to another, not knowing. It's like a roller coaster ride. It's an emotional roller coaster ride. He destroyed me."

The National Action Network organized a march today, in North Charleston, with friends and family members who lost loved ones to shootings, in hopes of educating the public about ways to fight violence.

Elder James Johnson, the President of the Tri-County National Action Network headed up the march. "What we're going to do throughout Charleston County is educate the parents to know what to look for. If your son is out there using drugs, what to look for. If your son is out there selling drugs. You know if your son comes in the house with some new Nikes or some new equipment or something and he don't have a job, you need to find out where he got the money to get that stuff from."

Charles Tyler helped Elder Johnson lead the march. He is the Chairman of Tri-County National Action Network. He says he has been involved in the community for more than 30 years. "I'm tired of burying young people, young men. I have buried so many young men in the last 30 years, it's pathetic. I am tired of burying young men. I want to see young people come up and have their full potential."

Mothers like Monica say something needs to happen to stop the violence. "Because the children need to stop the violence. When they see what they have done to so many people, families, by their actions, it's destroying too many families. They have to stop the violence. No mother should have to go through what I am going through at this moment."

The National Action Network plans to hold five more marches just like today's march in the Lowcountry in the coming months. They are also putting together a support group for victims of violence.

North Charleston police officers were on hand at the end of the march. They talked about recent shootings. They told the audience that very few leads have come in for the three unsolved shootings that took place on New Years Day. They say they need more tips to help solve those crimes.

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