Family wants justice after death ruled homicide one year later

“Just the look on her face, the position of her body - there was nothing natural about it"

DUNCAN, S.C. (WSPA) – When flipping through an album of her daughter’s pictures, Darlene Grayson says Brittany Foster was full of life – never letting cerebral palsy slow her down.

“Always smiling.. Her whole life smiling,” said Grayson. “She loved to keep her nieces and nephews.”

Almost a year after her death, Grayson still remembers rushing to the scene.

“She was in the hallway, between her living room and her bedroom.. Just on the floor.”

An incident report shows Brittany’s caretaker found her out of her wheelchair and on the floor bleeding from her nose.

Brittany Foster“She looked like it was a traumatic experience for her,” said Grayson.

According to the Duncan Police Department, Brittany’s passing was ruled an “unattended death.”

The responding coroner wanted to check further because of signs of trauma in Brittany’s eyes.

“Just the look on her face, the position of her body – there was nothing natural about it. Nothing, so for them to say it was natural just blew my mind,” said Grayson.

A year later, the Spartanburg County Coroner says an autopsy showed she was strangled, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

“I’m mad at the authorities, because they failed. They failed Brittany,” said Grayson. She says she feels her daughter’s disability led to a rushed decision. “Because she was disabled, it had to be natural causes.”

After a year of trying to dispute that ruling, Grayson says they’re a step closer to figuring what happened to her daughter – and who’s responsible.

“The truth is somebody harmed my baby. I know that’s the truth, somebody did it. Why they did it.. I don’t know.”

The family plans to hold a vigil Monday to mark the first anniversary of Foster’s death. It’ll be held at Hampton Ridge Apartments starting at 6:00 p.m.

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