SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Thursday, June 3rd, marked the 14th anniversary of a Spartanburg County woman’s murder.
Her death is still unsolved, and 7 News spoke with her family about why they need your help.
“Another year, and it seems like it was an eternity,” Maxine Kennedy said.
It’s been 14 years since Maxine Kennedy learned that her granddaughter, Crystal Bradshaw, had been killed.
“I turned on the news and there was Crystal’s house burning,” she said. “I said, ‘Oh no, that’s not my Crystal. That’s not my baby. That’s not Crystal.'”
Investigators said Bradshaw was brutally beaten. Then, her home, on Northbrook Drive in Boiling Springs, was set on fire.
“They never would let us see her, because they said it would be too hard,” Kennedy said.
At the time, Bradshaw was working at the Peach Blossom Diner nearby.
She was also a mother. Her son was only 7 years old when she died.
He’s now 21 and, still, no one has been arrested for his mother’s murder.
“I hope whoever this is that took her mothership away from her, if he/she/whoever has a mother, I hope he will think of his mother,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy told 7 News she has so many questions that have been left unanswered.
“Why her? Why my child? What did she do to you? Why didn’t you come and do it to me,” Kennedy said. “How do you go on with your life? How do you eat? How do you lie down and sleep at night? Is your conscious turned off?”
In an effort to help get answers for Bradshaw’s family, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office announced a $25,000 cash reward is now being offered for information that could help solve the case.
They also shared a sketch of a person of interest who was reportedly seen on Bradshaw’s carport the night of her murder. The person left before officials could talk to him, investigators said.
“The harder we work for these cases, and the more persistent we are with these cases, and the more prayer that’s put into them, we can solve them,” Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said. “But we do need help.”
There’s also a new billboard up in Boiling Springs, with Bradshaw’s face and name, not far from where she lived.
Kennedy is hopeful this will help, as she wants her family to finally have some peace.
Until then, she said she’ll be hanging on to memories.
“You put them in your heart and hold them there, and you know what kind of person she was, and you hold on to your memories and you never let them go,” she said.
If you have any information about this case–no matter how big or small–you’re encouraged to contact the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
You can call Investigator Diane Lestage at (864) 503-4556.
The $25,000 reward is only being offered for one year.