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Spartanburg Co. woman seeks justice after granddaughter beaten and burned

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Maxine Kennedy wears a T-shirt in honor of her grand-daughter Crystal Bradshaw, brutally murdered in 2007 (FOX Carolina) Maxine Kennedy wears a T-shirt in honor of her grand-daughter Crystal Bradshaw, brutally murdered in 2007 (FOX Carolina)
A makeshift memorial stands at the lot where Bradshaw's home once stood before it burned down (FOX Carolina) A makeshift memorial stands at the lot where Bradshaw's home once stood before it burned down (FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Maxine Kennedy has driven around Spartanburg with pictures of her deceased granddaughter taped to the window for years. 

She hopes these flyers will soon yield answers into who killed her. 

"Every year you think that it will get better, but it don't," said Kennedy, whose grand-daugther Crystal Bradshaw, was murdered in 2007. Her killer, whoever that is, remains free.

Nine years ago, Bradshaw's body was discovered inside her burned out home on Northbrook St. in Boiling Springs. Kennedy said she learned of her granddaughter's murder on the news. 

"My grand-daughter was dead and had been beaten to death, and her house burned down," she recalled. 

Investigators said Bradshaw was brutally beaten and died some time before the house burned. Before she died, Bradshaw lived with her husband and 7-year-old son. Her husband, David Bradshaw, told FOX Carolina back in 2007 the two were having problems. 

"We had not talked about divorce, had not talked about lawyers, not talked about anything," said Bradshaw. "We was just taking things slow, day by day and seeing what happens."

Today, the lot where Bradshaw's home once stood is empty. Weeds have covered most of the evidence that a house once stood there. A makeshift memorial to Bradshaw at the lot reminds passersby of a grand-daughter and mother gone too soon.

"I raised her," Kennedy recalled with a tear. "She always wanted to go to grandma's house."

Currently, there are nearly 50 unsolved homicides in Spartanburg County, of which Bradshaw's is just one. 

Kennedy said she has dedicated her life to finding out who killed her grand-daughter. 

"I've tried to stay alive long enough to see justice done for her," she said.

Spartanburg County investigators would not comment Friday on this cold case. 

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