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Family honors fallen soldier with scholarship foundation

Posted at 4:11 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 04:11:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A fallen soldier's memory is living on thanks to a scholarship foundation.

The Brandon M. King Memorial Scholarship awarded its latest recipient this weekend.

Four people were just honored with the Brandon King Memorial Scholarship.

The foundation is helping students get their degree while also inspiring them to live a life like the American hero that it’s named after.

It also serves as a chance for recipients like Colby Shanks and Andrew Nelson to see all that Brandon accomplished in his short life.

"I honestly feel honored knowing that it's because of Brandon that I have this scholarship and that he's still able to help me out," said Nelson.

Brandon's mother Freda King enjoys getting to know who gets the money, but she says still doesn't make the day easy for her.

"It makes me sad because I don't want to be here. I want my son. It's a natural feeling for a mom but its bittersweet," said King.

For Freda King and her family, still manage to find some happiness knowing the soldier's memory gets to live on with other students every year

Brandon king fought in the army while studying at Tallahassee community college.

He died in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan.

King’s family decided to start a scholarship foundation for TCC student's in his honor.

The family throws a get together for the people getting the scholarship and their family as a way to connect them to Brandon.

The family has given out more than $85,000 since King died.