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      Mother of murder suspect begs for mercy, apologizes to victim's family

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The mother of a 19-year-old North Charleston girl charged with murder made a tearful plea in bond court Thursday morning, telling the judge the stabbing was an accident.

      "I'm sorry. That's all I can say is I'm sorry. I'm sorry," said the mother of 19-year-old A'Kara Edwards.

      In Charleston County Bond Court, she apologized to loved ones of Alex Whipple, the young man Edwards is accused of killing in the Dorchester Terrace neighborhood of North Charleston.

      "As far as Akara and Alex, they were in love with each other," explained the grandmother of A'Kara Edwards.

      But police say their love turned deadly, leaving family and friends to figure out why.

      "But it is about control. It's not about love," said Elmire Raven, executive director of My Sister's House, an agency serving domestic violence victims.

      She believes Monday's tragedy may have been preceded by other violent acts. While she doesn't know every aspect of this case, she says ongoing tension in a relationship can lead to serious consequences.

      "People may respond differently if they have been in a long history of domestic violence situations," said Raven.

      She finds many couples react differently in heated arguments, leading to different resolutions and outcomes.

      "We may look at the situation and think, 'Hmm, I don't know. This is too dangerous.' Or, 'This person is so much bigger than me.' I mean, we may go through all these scenarios and opt not to try to intervene," said Raven.

      For now, family members of the suspect and victim grieve their loss.

      "However that happened, I do not know. But I ask God to forgive them both," said the grandmother of A'Kara Edwards.

      Bond for Edwards' murder charge will be set later by a circuit court judge.

      Anyone who's in a potentially dangerous relationship can get help through My Sister's House. The crisis line is 1-800-273-HOPE.

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