4 months later, Stephen Jeffries, Jr.’s killer is still free: Vigil held tonight in hopes that will change

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
How is a candlelight vigil for a murder victim supposed to play out? Denise Jeffries-Berg, the oldest child of Stephen Jeffries, Jr., killed in South Delridge four months ago, acknowledged she wasn’t sure – so the 50-plus people who showed up all helped make it happen.

There were signs with a photo of Mr. Jeffries, shot in the waning moments of New Year’s Eve at a party in the 9200 block of 16th SW, near where family and friends gathered tonight …

There were candles, long before it grew dark …

His family and friends hoped this would light the way toward a resolution of the case so there would be justice for Mr. Jeffries, a father, a friend, a longtime city employee.

They joined for a moment of silence.

The candles burned on:

Nearby, police appeared to be keeping a vigil of their own:

It was announced that another benefit for the reward fund is in the works, June 21st at the White Center Eagles‘ aerie – details to come. If you have any information, the Seattle Police Homicide Tipline is the number to call – which you can even do anonymously – 206-233-5000.

3 Replies to "4 months later, Stephen Jeffries, Jr.'s killer is still free: Vigil held tonight in hopes that will change"

  • Sarah May 2, 2014 (2:32 am)

    Very sad for Mr. Jeffries’ family and friends.
    I wonder if anyone at the party witnessed the shooting but just isn’t telling.
    The other unresolved murder that resonates with me is that of the woman whose body was found off Beach Drive, I believe, a few years ago.

  • Alki Lover May 2, 2014 (9:37 am)

    @Sarah…There was many witnesses and no one is coming forward. It is very sad situation for the kids especially and the family and friends. Mr. Jeffries was a great man who did everything he could for his family. He was a very loving father to his girls. For them to have no answers is heartbreaking! And personally as a community to have no answers about a killer that is walking amongst us is very disconcerting.

  • Sarah May 2, 2014 (3:56 pm)

    Thanks, Alki Lover. Well said. I figured there must have been plenty of witnesses. Are they so afraid of recriminations and/or so distrustful of cops that they won’t call the anonymous tip line? If they were at the party and possibly friends of Mr. Jeffries, they have done him and his family – including his little girls – a terrible disservice by not calling in.

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