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Boy Scout Holds Blood Drive in Friend's Memory

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Griffin Yates held a blood drive to honor his late friend and three others who were killed last August. Griffin Yates held a blood drive to honor his late friend and three others who were killed last August.

A 14-year-old Albemarle County boy, who's working to earn Eagle Scout status, organized a blood drive Saturday to remember a friend who died last year.

Griffin Yates hosted the blood drive for his Eagle Scout project at the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville.

Yates was a close friend of Andrew Romando, who was one of four family members killed in a murder-suicide last August.

Yates says he felt a blood drive would make a difference.

"I'm hoping that they'll just remember the Romandos a little bit more than they maybe would have and also consider donating blood again in the future because I want to make this like an annual event so hopefully they'll remember it and come back next year," Yates said.

More than 100 people signed up to donate blood Saturday. Red Cross staff members were on site to collect the donations.

The drive totaled 58 units of blood. 

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