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Adriano Ace Silva

We are Maudistine and Robert Hathaway. Our son Adrian was gunned down while riding his motorcycle in the northeast side of Columbia, South Carolina, not even a mile from his home. He was just 47 years old. On January 3, 2016, our son, husband, father, grandfather and uncle was horrifically taken away from his family. His killer or killers have yet to be brought to justice. While our hearts will never heal, we continue to be his voice and we will continue to speak out against gun violence.

It saddens us to see so many mothers and fathers lose their child to gun violence. For us it’s a nightmare that continues to replay over and over again in our minds. His children without a father, his wife without a husband, his parents without a son. This pain: No parent, especially a mother, should have to endure this pain. And as we continue to seek justice for our son, we pray for healing not just for our family but for all families who have lost a loved one to gun violence. We are the voice of Adrian Ace Silva.

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