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Mother vows to fight against gun violence, creates foundation to honor murdered son

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Sylvia Blake has a mission to fulfill.

The Berkeley County mother of three spent most of the afternoon Friday, tying loose ends for a commemoration ball Saturday at the FOP lodge in Moncks Corner.  The first-year event has an expected guest list of 250 people.

"We would like to share and give into the community," she said.

This is how Blake has chosen to keep her son, Bradley Blake's memory alive.

"Bradley was all about love and peace, and that's what we would like to do."

On December 27, 2012, 21-year-old Bradley Blake was found dead from a gunshot wound inside a car on Willowood Lane in Pineville.
Two men were arrested and charged in connection to his murder, and both are awaiting trial.

Eight months after Blake's death, friends and family created the Bradley Blake Foundation.  The group, who's mission is to reach out to families impacted by gun violence, is making its presence known in the Berkeley County community.

Among its efforts include community service, a free baseball camp, along with gift donations to the MUSC Children's Hospital. 

"It is not easy, and there are times when it gets very very hard," Sylvia Blake said. 

"Just knowing that at the end, we are reaching out and we are able to help someone else, it means a lot."

For more information, visit the foundation page at BradleyBlakeFoundation.org.

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