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Two year anniversary of slain Midlands teen, case unsolved

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- Loved ones of a 14-year-old boy murdered in 2015 gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday night.

Najeer Buggs was walking home with a cousin from playing basketball on July 3, 2015, when he was shot dead by an unknown assailant in the 4100 block of Grand Street.

Today, the case remains unsolved, as family, friends and neighbors gathered at the scene of the crime to remember Buggs.

His mother, Lawanda Buggs, says she still feels the pain of learning that she had lost her son. She recalls the day it happened, as she and her family were preparing to celebrate the 4th of July.

"My nephew, he was calling me, he was crying," Buggs said. "And he was like, 'He dead'. And I was like, 'He dead? He can't be, you know?' And then, I called my sister and...it was a reality."

A reality she now has to live with as she pleads for those who committed the crime to come forward.

"Turn yourself in, do what's right," said Buggs. "Because if your mother had to feel the way that I feel...it's terrible, it's terrible."

Jack Logan, the founder of Put Down the Guns Now Young People, was also at the vigil, and says as long as this case is unsolved, there is still work to be done.

"We want someone in custody for the life they stole from this child," said Logan. "We want young people to understand the hurt that his mother, his father, his siblings are going through."

As the Columbia Police Department continues to investigate, very little is known about the details of the case or the suspects who may be involved.

Columbia PD released an image of a light-colored, mid-sized vehicle they believe was linked to the crime.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call 1-888-CRIMES-SC.

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