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Family hopeful for leads in 2008 Jasper County cold case

Mary Nelson hopes for answers in her son's 2008 death. Mary Nelson hopes for answers in her son's 2008 death.
David Nelson (Source: Mary Nelson) David Nelson (Source: Mary Nelson)

A Lowcountry family is desperate to find out who shot and killed their loved one. It's something that has haunted them for years and they're reaching out to the community, hoping for answers.

"I have this picture sitting where I can raise it up and see it every morning when I get out of bed," said Mary Nelson.

Pictures and memories are all Nelson has left of her son, David Wayne Nelson, after he was shot and killed not far from their Jasper County home in March 2008. Nelson said her son went to pick up food he ordered from the Huddle House.

"Five minutes till 11 the Huddle House called me and wanted to know if someone was going to pick up their food and I knew right then that there was something desperately wrong," she recalled.

She was right, the next morning, her 43-year-old son was found dead in the driver's seat of the car, in a wooded area about a half a mile from their home in the Knowles Island Road area. Authorities say he had been shot several times.

"It's been devastating to the whole family," Nelson said. "He was a very friendly person. He wouldn't hesitate to help anyone that needed it, would go out of his way to and he never met a stranger.

Over the past four years, the family has put up fliers, ads in the newspaper, and anything they could think of, hoping to get answers and bring the person who killed her son to justice.

"If someone is accountable for what happened, for what they did to him, they did to the family, it would be great," said Karon Roberts, David Nelson's sister.

They're pleading with anyone who knows anything to come forward.

"Somebody out there knows something," Roberts said.

"Anyone out there that may know something or who or why," Nelson said. "It would just make a difference I think to make it easier. It's never going to go away."

But they hope it will bring them closure.

The Nelson family is coming together from all over the country this weekend to hold a special family vigil in honor of his birthday.

Anyone who has information about the case should call the Jasper County Sheriff's Office at 843.726.7779.

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