Murder Victim's Father Makes Plea to Public

8:21 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
Candra Alston (left), Malaysia Boykin
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A man is making a plea for information in the death of his daughter and his granddaughter.

Carl Alston released a letter to the public Thursday asking for help in the case.

On January 9, 2011, 3-year-old Malaysia Boykin and her mother, 25-year-old Candra Alston, were found dead inside their home at the Brook Pines Apartments. No one was ever arrested in connection with the crime.

Carl Alston says he's heartbroken, and wants answers, if people can help him find them. 

"I am pleading with the public to help find the person who murdered my daughter and granddaughter," Carl Alston wrote. "It's hard for me to come to grips with what happened and I still have trouble really believing my daughter and granddaughter are gone. I miss them.... My beautiful daughter and granddaughter are not here with me physically, but they are definitely in my heart and always on my mind."

Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago said his officers have worked hard in the case to try and get a resolution.

"We've interviewed hundreds of people for the case, gathered more than 100 DNA samples, traveled to several states and worked with national and international law enforcement agencies in an effort to find the person or persons responsible for these heinous crimes," Santiago said.

At the time of the incident, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts called it one of the worst murder scenes he'd ever come across.

Officers believe the murder was personal in nature, and could be someone who had a conflict with Candra Alston. Police say people should call the police if they noticed a change in people's behavior around the times of the killings.

"If you know the person who murdered my Candra and her daughter Malaysia please help me," Carl Alston said. "And to the murderer.... please turn yourself in so that I may find closure to this mystery."

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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