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The murder of 18-year-old Malcolm Jefferson has sparked a fire in the Maryville community of West Ashley.

Monday night, the College of Charleston held a meeting with the Maryville / Ashleyville Neighborhood group to make an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the community. After the murder of Jefferson, the effort took on a whole new meaning.

"The parents are sitting in our meeting tonight. She has lost her son and nothing will bring him back," Diane Hamilton said.

Malcolm Jefferson's parents joined the community meeting still visible shaken and upset about his murder.

"I think they are doing about as well as anyone could be doing in that situation," Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said.

Mullen and several of his officers spoke with neighbors and the Jefferson family. A room a Emmanuel AME church filled with neighbors and a second gathering location was opened in the choir loft.

"I've seen a lot of the younger people in the last 2 days. So, this situation has brought the younger people out so this tells me that are interested and they just didn't know where to go. Now they know," Hamilton said.

"The whole purpose is to get people off the sidelines. We don't want people to stand by. We want them to stand up," Mullen said.

Mullen says community involvement and action will crack the murder case.

"We need for the community to come forward and help us. We know that there is somebody in this community that knows what happened when Malcolm Jefferson was killed. There is no doubt in our mind about that," Mullen said.

As a family learns to live without their soon and a community reacts to young life lost, police promise they are working to find those responsible.

"I can tell you that the detectives that are working on it... they were working on it when I left the headquarters. They were interviewing some people. We've interviewed dozens of people and we will continue to do that until we find the people who committed this crime," Mullen said.

Those with information are asked to call Crimestoppers at 554-1111. There is also a hotline set up and you can speak directly with the lead detective at 607-6787.

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