Greenville woman honored for work against hate

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The mother of a gay man who was killed outside a Greenville bar is being recognized by a cable television network for her work to combat hate crimes.

The USA Network will give Elke Kennedy a Characters Unite Award during a ceremony Saturday in Greenville. Kennedy will receive a $5,000 grant to continue her work through her organization Sean's Last Wish.

Sean Kennedy was 20 years old when he died in 2007 after being hit in the face and falling to the ground. Stephen Andrew Moller was sentenced in June 2008 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Kennedy's death.

Kennedy has pushed for South Carolina to adopt a hate crimes law because police say her son's attacker punched him after using a gay slur.

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