Mother grieves over son killed in hunting accident

Photo courtesy of the family

Doris Degarmo of Florence says she thought it was a mistake when she got a phone call saying her only son had been killed in a hunting accident in Abbeville County last Friday.

Bradford Todd, 40, of Florence was hunting wild boar when he was shot and killed by another hunter at Sumter National Forest in Abbeville.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says the hunter was in a tree stand when he shot Todd. The hunter called 911 and waited with Todd until EMS got there. By the time they arrived, Todd was already dead.

Charges are possible although DNR believes this was an accident.

"I don't know why he shot my son. He heard something and he shot, is all I know. He should have identified what he was shooting, is what I say. He shot my son, he killed my son, " said Degarmo.

Todd's family says he had overcome a lot of problems in life and was well on his way to doing something great.

"We are just so upset that we never got the opportunity to really, really find out the kind of man Brad was since he had found himself. And he was on this path that was just leading him to bigger and greater things," said Ginny Floyd, Todd's Sister.

Todd's family says he loved to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors. They describe him as a giving man who loved to help people and his family.

"There was nothing that anybody could anything anybody would ever ask of him at any time of the day that Brad was not willing to do. His family came first. He always told you he loved you," Floyd added.

Degarmo says every time she talked with her son, he told her that he loved her.

Bradford Todd had just started his own carpentry business one week before he died.

Visitation for Todd will be held at Goldfinch Funeral Home Chapel on Beaty Street in Conway on November 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Funeral services will follow at the chapel.