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Mother of gang shooting victim speaks out

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Gwendolyn Williams said September 19, 2007 is a day she will never forget. "I think about it everyday. I want closure on it so whenever the court day comes up I will be happy."

That was the day her son Deariesius Williams was shot in the head, back and chest outside of his grandmother's house on Gillespie and Elm Street. "He has pain every once and a while, but he bears with it," said Williams.

Police later determined the shooting to be gang related. And a year and half later, gang related shootings continue to happen on Albany streets. "I think its going to stop with the grown ups, the parents, the adults," said Williams.

"Some of them are doing as well as they can, but others are out there with them."

56-year-old Willie Jackson and his 22-year-old son Nakita Gilyard are charged with aggravated assault in connection with a recent gang-related shooting in the 1300 block South McKinley that left one person wounded.

"Some adults are out there with their children condoning their wrong." Gwendolyn also said people need to come forward when they see criminal activity. "Telling on someone and it gets back to you that puts your life in danger."

"There are a lot of people who are just scared, but I will come forward," said Williams because she knows doing so may save a life. "Killing each other, shooting each other; it makes no sense. They will either end up in jail or dead."

"They need to take time to think what tomorrow is going to bring," said Williams. And that is the message she says adults need to stand up and share with the youth to stop this fatal cycle.

Police emphasize that they can not take down crime alone. They need your help. If you have any information that may ever help police, call Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS. You can remain anonymous, and you can receive a reward for your information if it leads to an arrest and conviction.

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