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Mother of murdered son helps cushion grief after death of Ariel Morgan

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WCBD -  There are no arrests yet after a teenaged girl home on break from college dies over the weekend. Investigators say she may have fallen victim to random violence in Berkeley County.

On Saturday five people were shot while attending an annual block party, now efforts have started to get the public involved and help make an arrest.

It would seem that with the hundreds of people at the party, finding a witness to pick out a suspect would not be difficult; sometimes it is not that easy.

Just ask Monica Jefferson, her son Malcolm Jefferson II, was shot to death 8-months ago on his 18th birthday. She says there were witnesses everywhere on Forbes Avenue in West Ashley, but there have been no arrests or suspects identified by Charleston Police.

In recent months Jefferson has been working with the National Action Network to help grief-stricken parents who have lost children.  She is now talking to Ariel Morgan’s parents.

“I know exactly what Ariel’s parents are going through and I pray for that family because I know the pain I live through every day.” said Jefferson in a live interview during News 2 Today on Monday.

She is now hoping it is not another issue where there are witnesses with information but refuse to come forward.

“It is just the most frustrating thing that you have people out there that won’t open their mouth because they are afraid to be a snitch.” Jefferson said.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in Malcolm’s murder has climbed to $8,000 but there are no new leads.

At a press conference scheduled for 4pm Monday at Middleton Park in Goose Creek, the National Action Network will address the death of Ariel Morgan and cases where people refuse to offer information.

It was early Saturday morning Deputies in Berkeley County say 5 people were shot at a block party on Tish Lane. Ariel Morgan, a former cheerleader and Stratford High grad was pronounced dead not long after the shots were fired.

Deputies in Berkeley County have not named any suspects or motives yet and investigators say there were several people at the party.

If you have any information you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.

If you have lost a child and would like to get in touch with the National Action Network and Monica Jefferson, you can call 843-364-3107.


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