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Community hosts fundraiser in honor of Upstate boy killed by dogs

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Greenville block party in honor of Korbin Williams (FOX Carolina) Greenville block party in honor of Korbin Williams (FOX Carolina)
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A community is still mourning the loss of an 8-year-old boy killed by three dogs in Gaffney.

More than two weeks have gone by since Korbin Williams’s death, and people are coming up with new ways to support his family. On Saturday, a block party was held featuring seven local bands.

"Tell your child every chance you get how much you love them because the day I dropped him off at school, that was the last time I saw him,” said Korbin's grandmother Gudrun Skillman. ”I usually see him when he gets off the bus, but I never saw him again."

A grandmother heartbroken and in tears as she remembers her sweet little Korbin. She said the last two weeks have been a daze, for not only her but for the entire family.

"It's like an empty space. There's something missing in that house,” Skillman said. “It's too quiet."

Her favorite part of each day was ripped away from her. She said mornings will never be the same again without Korbin’s freckly smile running from room to room.

"That's what I miss in the mornings,” Skillman said. “When he gets up, the first thing he does is come in the room and goes, "Hi Grandma, good morning!’”

A life taken too soon, and for Korbin's aunt, Lisa Valentine, the tragic events of that day are still shocking. She said she got a call that Korbin had been attacked, and she immediately jumped in her car racing to the hospital, knowing Korbin was a fighter.

"He’s been through so much,” Valentine said. “He overcame a stroke and all that."

But halfway there, Valentine got a phone call she wasn't ready for. It was too late.

"I can't describe it, it's like a power wheel in my head,” Valentine said. “I can't describe it."

As the music rang out at the block party and the children played, the Williams family was reminded of the constant encouragement they've received from all over the Upstate. From the services in Gaffney, to the block party in Greenville, they said it's events like those that keep them remembering the good times.

"Love your child, kiss them at night, kiss them every morning,” Skillman said. “Kiss them every time you can because it hurts to lose a child."

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