Mother of slain University of Memphis football player remembers her son

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Sunday's guilty verdict for Devin Jefferson capped an emotional Mother's Day for Marva Bradford, the mother of Jefferson's victim Taylor Bradford.  However, the jury's decision also brought closure.

Fighting back tears, Marva Bradford held a bouquet of roses and talked about how she spent her Mother's Day.

"I prayed this morning and I asked God for the verdict to be his verdict," she said.

Jefferson was sentenced to life in prison for the botched robbery that took her son's life.

"He was just a special child," Bradford said.  "Taylor Alexander Bradford, please don't ever forget my son because I never will.  He will always be 21 years old to me."

Bradford, her husband Jimmie and other family members leaned on each other as they walked into court to hear the verdict.  She said she was grateful for the decision but knew it would not bring her son back.

"I want to thank the jury for the decision that they made," Bradford said.  "Devin's mother will be here to see him.  I will never see Taylor again, but my memories are always dear to me."

As Devin Jefferson's mother left the sentencing in tears, Bradford had advice for mothers everywhere.

"Mothers, keep your children close and dear to your heart," she said.  "Nothing can ever replace a lost child."

On the day many sons go and visit their mother, Bradford said she will go to the cemetery and visit her son's grave.

"I remember my very first Mother's Day with Taylor," Bradford said.  "My mom had said there's something special about being a mother and she told me I would realize it one day.  Well, I'm realizing it again today.  I will always be Taylor's mother."

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